The entire defensive line rotation returns, along with the Badgers’ top four inside linebackers and four secondary players with previous starting experience. It’s a combination that has the potential to make the defense even better than the one that finished fourth in scoring defense and seventh in the country in total defense a year ago.
But as Dixon pointed out following Tuesday’s 13th spring practice, all that success doesn’t mean things are a given.
“We’ve accomplished some of our goals (for spring), but not all of them,” he said. “My biggest goal is to make one play a day, and I feel like I haven’t made the plays I wanted to that day. I try to set the standard. We’re still getting better. I’m still getting better, but the standard has to be higher.”
Nearly every practice rep is a catch-22, with one side achieving its objective and the other side needing to analyze where things went wrong. Kicking off the final week of spring practices,
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