Hudson Announces Transfer to USF

Decided to transfer after his freshman season at Wisconsin, safety Austin Hudson talks about finding his new home with South Florida.

Former Wisconsin safety Austin Hudson informed BadgerNation Thursday that he was transfer to South Florida, a decision he says was in order to be closer to his family and friends.

“It’s a great time for me in terms of my family can go to more games and it’s really nice to be around people I am familiar with,” Hudson said. “Wisconsin, I have nothing but respect for them and I am nothing but thankful for the opportunity, but I kind of figured what the right fit was in my college career.”

Originally from Tampa (FL) Plant Senior High School, Hudson will redshirt during the 2015 season per NCAA transfer rules and will be eligible to play starting the 2016 season, giving head coach Willie Taggert a safety with experience. Playing in every game last season, Hudson recorded 19 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble.

“It’ll be a good opportunity to work on my strength,” Hudson said of redshirting. “It’s something that’s my biggest weaknesses as a player, so I get to attack it with a redshirt year. You talk to anyone who wants to redshirt, you get another year under your belt, have time to put on some extra weight and become a great player. It’d be nice to lift more than two times a week during the season and build some muscle and be ready to go for the 2016 season.”

Hudson admitted it was tough to leave his teammates behind and a role that would have likely given him considerable playing time in the 2015 season for a Wisconsin team projected to repeat as Big Ten West Division champion. But as time wore on during the 2014 season, Hudson said he didn’t feel he was flourishing as a person in Madison.

“I learned over time to go to the school is just the right fit,” he added. “Wisconsin for me was somewhat just a football decision. In hindsight, I should have taken into consideration how every aspect of my life would be outside of football. At USF, it felt like the right fit and everything I was looking for I got. They are excited to have me, to have me call it home and I can build something up now. It’s a good feeling getting a chance to play for the hometown team and try to build something.”

A win over Wisconsin would be a big step forward for a program coming off a 4-8 season in Taggert’s second season. The Bulls are slated to host the Badgers in Tampa on Sept. 16, 2017.

“It’s pretty interesting,” said Hudson of the matchup. “I’m not saying I’m looking forward to the game or anything but it should be a good game. Not because there’s any bad blood or anything, just because those guys are my friend. I’ll have a ton of friends who will be on the team at that point and playing against them when we are all matured years from now will be a great experience.”

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