Eroding relationship with the coaching staff caused Caleb Kinlaw to transfer from Wisconsin

Unhappy with his role on the team, Wisconsin redshirt freshman Caleb Kinlaw will look for a fresh start elsewhere.

University of Wisconsin redshirt freshman Caleb Kinlaw has decided he needs a change of scenery and will transfer from the program.

Kinlaw rushed seven times for 30 yards and caught a 5-yard touchdown pass against Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 12 but was moved to cornerback two weeks later. He hasn’t played since.

"I don't want to disclose anything more than the fact that I guess I didn't really fit into this system compared to (former UW coach Gary) Andersen's," Kinlaw told BadgerNation. "There were quite a few other things also. I didn't know the news was going to be put out there like that as it seemed to be mutual that it was going to be kept quiet for the time being. There are things I'm confused about also, so I can't speak on too much. But bottom line is I'm transferring."

Kinlaw was the second tailback in Wisconsin’s 2014 recruiting class and was thought to be the speed back to complement Taiwan Deal’s power running game. He originally committed to Georgia Tech but flipped his commitment to Wisconsin after taking an official visit to a game in the fall. He had other offers from Arizona, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.

While the plan might have worked, Kinlaw redshirted in 2014 after needing to undergo hip and shoulder surgeries and became buried on the depth chart. Even though UW needed depth at tailback, the Wisconsin staff moved Kinlaw to cornerback, a position he had never played previously.

“I scored that touchdown and the next week I was supposed to play (vs. Troy) because Taiwan supposedly had a concussion,” Kinlaw said. “Well he came back and I ended up not touching the field. So they moved me to corner the next week and never gave me a real reason why. Things have been kinda strained from there on, so I decided I needed to transfer while I still have time to play.”

Redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Aidan McNamara, a walk-on out of Madison West, and true freshman walk-on Elijah Strong have also left the team. The reasons behind their departures remain unknown. 


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