The quarterback competition is the one position battle that is going to draw a lot of headlines over the next three weeks of fall camp. With all due respect to the signal callers, the battle at the back end of the defense might carry significantly more weight.
The safety spot is one of the few remaining questions for Wisconsin’s defense, as secondary coach Jim Leonhard looks to build some experience among a group of inexperienced players. Of the 10 safeties listed on the spring roster, only senior Leo Musso started a game last season, as graduated seniors Michael Caputo and Tanner McEvoy locked down the position.
Caputo finished fourth on the team in tackles (65), second in forced fumbles (two) and his work on improving his pass coverage yielded him eight passes broken up and two interception. McEvoy found his niche at free safety by leading the team with six interceptions and adding 42 tackles, easily roaming the center of the defense while Caputo could play closer to the line in run support.
As Wisconsin saw last season, the drop off from the starters and the reserves was severe.
When both Caputo and McEvoy were injured early in the season opener against Alabama, Musso and D'Cota Dixon, paired together for the first time on the No. 1 unit, struggled as the Crimson Tide executed big pass plays and lengthy runs to blow the game open in the second half.
Now with both Caputo and McEvoy in N.F.L. training camps and Dixon (injury) and Musso (class conflict) missing large portions of the 15 practices, the Badgers will begin fall camp nearly at square one.
That’s not to say the Badgers don’t have some talent,
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July 27 - Quarterbacks
July 28 - Running Backs
July 29 - Fullbacks
July 30 - Wide Receivers
July 31 - Tight End
August 1 - Offensive Line
August 3 - Defensive Line
August 4 - Outside Linebackers
August 5 - Inside Linebackers
August 6 - Cornerbacks