Spring Thoughts: Fullbacks

Our series of spring analysis continues with a look at Wisconsin's fullbacks.

There isn't much to talk about when it comes to Wisconsin's fullbacks - there are only two of them. While Offensive Coordinator Brian White says the Badgers have not diminished the role of the fullback in the offense over the last few years, the play-calling emphasis has not involved the position as frequently as past years.

That will likely continue this season, with just two fullbacks on the roster, Matt Bernstein and Greg Root.

- Matt Bernstein is a weapon that the Badgers will use frequently this season. He reported to spring ball at 270 pounds, but he hasn't suffered any loss in speed or agility. Bernstein has received a lot of reps carrying the ball in spring practices, and he could be a major weapon in that capacity this fall. But his primary job is serving as the lead blocker for a group of outstanding tailbacks. Bernstein has improved his blocking, which was the one aspect of his game that he struggled with last season.

- Greg Root is still very raw at the fullback position, having converted from linebacker. But he has worked extremely hard to get up to speed on his new position, and he's made improvements over the course of the spring. Still, if the Badgers are serious about continuing to use the fullback regularly in their offense, they will need to find another player or two to fill out the depth chart.

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