TUCSON, Ariz.—After sitting out the Badgers' first two games of the season, senior strong safety Robert Brooks was back in the starting lineup Saturday against Arizona.
He had four tackles, including one for loss and also broke up a pass.
"It feels great. Any time you put in that much work through it and you are a senior, you really want to get in there and contribute to the team," Brooks said.
Brooks was projected as a starter heading into fall camp but a leg injury opened a window for sophomore Johnny White. Brooks did not play in Wisconsin's first two games.
"Brooksy had a good week of practice. Johnny White had done some good things in those first two ball games," defensive coordinator Bret Bielema said. "(I) just really felt this might be a better ballgame for Robert. The great thing we have going there is now we have got guys with a little bit of experience."
"We feel like both of them will play a lot and we'll use both of them," head coach Barry Alvarez said. "We're going to need both of them."
White started the first two games and had nine tackles. He did not play Saturday.
"He was actually supporting me," Brooks said of White. "He was like, ‘Hey this is all you. Just go out there and make some plays.' That is just like our secondary unit: we just all really support each other and just try to pick one another up."
Robert Brooks returns to starting role
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