Kenneth DeBauche may have won the right to punt in the Badgers' season opener Saturday, but that does not mean he has the spot locked down.
"We will continue the competition," Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez said. "You're not going to be anointed the punter because you won off-season."
In his collegiate debut, DeBauche, a redshirt freshman, punted three times for a 39.3-yard average.
DeBauche unseated senior R.J. Morse, Wisconsin's primary punter the last three seasons, and was informed that he would start before practice on Thursday.
"It was right before practice so I didn't really have time to celebrate," DeBauche said. "It was kind of something that I hoped for and you could say I expected it. So, it wasn't that big of a surprise but I was sure glad to have it."
The punters, which also includes redshirt freshman Paul Standring, were charted daily throughout fall camp and practices.
"R.J. really kicked well during camp, both of them did," Alvarez said. "But when you have competition, whoever wins it has to win the job."
"Pretty much all the way through camp it was just back and forth between me and R.J," DeBauche said. "I think we kind of knew on our own after every day of practice whether or not we had a good day, where we were. But we knew that pretty much all the way through camp it was just back and forth between me and R.J., and even all three of us, we were all punting pretty well."
Badger Nation Top Stories
Hauser Goes On Midwest TourHoping to make a summer decision, Stevens Point (Wis.) High five-star center Joey Hauser fits important trips to Wisconsin, Marquette and Michigan State into his busy schedule.
Badger Nation9:01 AM
State of the Nation - 6.26.17Despite no commitments, Wisconsin football has already developed significant relationships with prospects in the 2019 recruiting class. Who do the Badgers have the best chance with…
Badger NationYesterday at 10:21 PM
Plumb Nears DecisionAfter visiting his top three schools of Iowa, Michigan State and Wisconsin, Green Bay (Wis.) Bay Port TE/OL Jack Plumb focuses on his commitment.
Hawkeye InsiderSaturday at 2:47 PM
Wisconsin Targets Carton to Lead the OffenseImpressing the Wisconsin staff during their elite camp Friday, Bettendorf (IA) High 2019 guard D.J. Carton earned his first Power-Five conference offer from the Badgers.
Badger NationFriday at 10:27 PM