UW football loses two scholarship players

The University of Wisconsin announced today that sophomore linebacker Jammar Crane intends to transfer rather than returning to the team this fall. The Badgers also announced that class of 2006 wide receiver prospect Daven Jones will not enroll this fall.

Linebacker Jammar Crane and wide receiver Daven Jones will not be on the University of Wisconsin's soon-to-be released 2006 football roster, according to a statement released to the media today.

Jones, a highly regarded wide receiver prospect out of Cleveland's Glenville High School, signed a letter of intent to play for the Badgers on Feb. 1, but will not enroll this fall.

"Daven Jones will not be enrolling at Wisconsin this fall," UW head coach Bret Bielema said in the prepared statement. "I am, however, looking forward to him joining us at some point in the future."

Several sources have indicated that Jones's delayed enrollment is due to academic concerns. Badger Nation has not been able to reach Jones for comment today, but he previously reported a 2.8 grade-point average and a 14 on his ACT. He will likely attend a prep school or junior college in order to improve his academic standing.

Jones (6-foot, 190 pounds) was a three-star prospect, according to Scout.com, and the No. 88 overall player in the Midwest. An explosive athlete with good body control, Jones helped Glenville win its fourth consecutive state track and field championship last month. He was one of six projected wide receivers the Badgers signed for the class of 2006.

Jones was the second player to verbally commit to UW for the class of 2006, doing so in March 2005.

Crane (6-1, 200), who is transferring, would have been a third-year sophomore this fall. He rotated in with the second team at the weakside "will" linebacker position during spring workouts, but projected to the third team. Sophomores Jonathan Casillas and Ryan Flasch are expected to be 1-2 on the depth at will this fall, and another sophomore, Ben Landgraf, would have competed with Crane and will now likely be the third-team weakside ‘backer.

"Jammar felt he would have better options for himself at another institution, so he is in the process of exploring those avenues," Bielema said.

Crane, a two-star prospect out of Garland, Texas, was signed in the class of 2004.

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