Hudson Explains Transfer from Badgers

Although he was in line for some considerable playing time in 2015, defensive back Austin Hudson says Wisconsin just wasn't the right fit for him.

MADISON - After breaking into the safety rotation as a true freshman, Austin Hudson decided that the University of Wisconsin was no longer the place for him.

Although he is listed on the spring roster, Hudson made the decision not long after the 2014 season that he would not return and transfer closer to home.

“I have nothing negative to say,” Hudson told BadgerNation. “It was a journey I needed to make to understand where I belong and Wisconsin just wasn't the right fit. Football wise it may have been but in terms of what I idealize, the school itself wasn't the right fit.”

Hudson – originally from Tampa (FL) Plant Senior High School - impressed Wisconsin during the Badgers’ high school summer camp two years ago with his blazing speed and agility. He was offered a scholarship, accepted it shortly after returning home and enrolled early despite getting late offers from Georgia and Missouri.

Playing in every game last season, Hudson recorded 19 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble and was expected to see an increased role as a sophomore.

“The new staff was great,” said Hudson. “It had no effect on me leaving … It was more of a family thing why I wanted to leave and just a culture thing. I just never fit at Wisconsin.”

Wisconsin is expected to have senior Michael Caputo and sophomore Lubern Figaro as the two top safeties, but will now look at building depth with junior Leo Musso and possibly some current cornerbacks. The Badgers also have the option of using safety Tanner McEvoy, who spent Wednesday’s practice working with the defensive backs.

“We didn’t have a lot of depth to begin with and now there are some holes we have to try to fill,” said defensive coordinator Dave Aranda. “We have some young guys coming in that we might try to transition to that spot. We’ll see where that goes. We’re doing the best we can to get some corners we feel may be big to possible be a situation safety, just because our numbers are very thin. If we get hit with a bug, we need to be able to mix and match.”

Hudson said he has already made his transfer choice but is waiting for the school to announce it before commenting.


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