Saturday Shake-Up

Fifth-year seniors Aubrey Pleasant and Shane Carter find themselves off the 105-man roster, as Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema announced this morning that pair has been indefinitely suspended through the remainder of spring camp.

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MADISON - Throughout the spring football practice, reserve safety Shane Carter talked about wanting to make amends for last season, telling reporters he was smarter, wiser and ready to make an impact.

Carter, along with teammate Aubrey Pleasant, has made an impact, but for all the wrong reasons.

Carter and Pleasant, both fifth-year seniors and expected to be part of the rotation at the safety positions this season, have been indefinitely suspended from the team effected immediately, which Head Coach Bret Bielema announced Saturday Morning before the first of two scheduled practices Saturday.

Wisconsin's camp, which opened on Monday, is scheduled to run through Aug. 29 before the Badgers begin their game-week preparations for the home opener against Northern Illinois September 5.

Bielema met with reporters after the morning practice, but said the report speaks for itself and that neither player would be reinstated before the end of camp.

"The release I gave on Aubrey Pleasant and Shane Carter, that's where it's at and that's all I am going to say," Bielema said. "When we're in camp, those 105 guys that are here, those 105 have got to work. All I want is guys that want to be here and that's where we are at."

The plan is to replace Carter and Pleasant on the 105-man camp roster immediately.

"We'll have a discussion this afternoon," Bielema said.

Carter entered preseason camp No. 2 on the depth chart at free safety behind senior Chris Maragos. Redshirt freshman Shelton Johnson will move up behind Maragos.

"Shelton will probably get the most reps," Bielema said. "He did a pretty good job out there this morning."

Pleasant came in as the No. 2 strong safety behind junior Jay Valai. Sophomore Kevin Claxton will now work as the No. 2 strong safety.

"One of the mottos in our program (is) 'next man in,'" Bielema said. "The next guy has to take advantage of the opportunity."

Maragos and Valai remain the top tandem for the Badgers, but the depth is starting to become strained.

"From last spring to where they are right now, we knew we had four safeties that had won for us, had played good football for us and with the departure of Shane and Aubrey, those two get naturally slotted in that position by themselves," Bielema said. "We've had good healthy competition and it's made those guys better all the way through."

The suspension is the second in nine months for Carter, who was held out of the Champs Sports Bowl last season after he violated team rules.

Carter started all 13 games at free safety in 2007 and led the Big Ten Conference in 2007, but dropped off so severely last season that he split time at free safety with Maragos and started only seven games. He finished with two interceptions and four passes broken up.

Pleasant was the No. 2 strong safety last season but was a regular contributor in UW's nickel package. He finished with 26 tackles.

Bielema also announced that walk-on freshman Tyler O'Kane, a running back from Prairie du Chien (Wis.), has left the program for personal reasons and was replaced on the 105-man roster by wide receiver Eric Kossoris.


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