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Badgers CB Ricardo Hallman announces return for 2024 season

The Badgers cornerback will return for another year, rather than enter the NFL Draft.

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The Wisconsin Badgers got some good news on Wednesday, as cornerback Ricardo Hallman announced his return for the 2024 season, opting against entering the NFL Draft or hitting the transfer portal.

Hallman, a rising redshirt junior, was eligible to enter the 2024 NFL Draft this offseason as an underclassman, but ultimately decided that remaining in Madison for another season was the best choice for his future.

After struggling in his first year as a starter in 2022, Hallman came back with a vengeance in 2023, recording seven interceptions, which was tied for the most of any player in the NCAA.

That led Hallman to take over the starting spot on the field side in Mike Tressel’s defense, and he’ll accompany that role as the team’s top cornerback in 2024 as well.

Hallman’s season earned him AP All-American third-team honors earlier last month, marking the third straight year that a Badger had earned the honor, joining Nick Herbig (third team, 2022), Leo Chenal (second team, 2021), and Josh Seltzner(third team, 2021).

The Badgers are projected to return most of their cornerbacks in 2024, although Alexander Smith and Jason Maitre are out of eligibility.