The Badgers knew they didn’t have a ton of secondary depth coming into the season. So it must’ve made them nervous to lose both nickel corner Peniel Jean and starting safety Shelton Johnson in the span of a couple weeks. But truth be told, the loss of those two players hasn’t really hurt anything. Darius Hillary has filled in well as the third cornerback – it’s not like the Badgers use a ton of nickel anyway – and Michael Trotter and Michael Caputo have combined to hold down the fort at safety.
And now Johnson and Jean are ready to come back. So the Badgers will be at full-strength in their defensive backfield for the first time all season. And the added bonus of course is that those guys who had to play in place of the starters have some extra experience under their belts and will be that much better when their number is called again later on.
The health-related news has been good across the entire defense the last couple of weeks. The line itself is now at full-strength with last weekend’s returns of Pat Muldoon and Brendan Kelly. The Badgers have all the personnel in place that they anticipated having before the season. A pretty good defense figures to only get better with each passing week, now that it’s healthy.
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