CB Faion Hicks
Faion Hicks appears to be dealing with a thumb injury. Even though he is being listed as questionable, Jim Leonhard has confidence that Hicks will be able to suit up against Nebraska. A thumb injury may seem like a minor injury, but it can hinder a cornerback from playing effectively.
As a corner, you need to be able to press receivers at the line of scrimmage. If you are unable to provide a certain level of physicality at the start of the route, receivers will be able to run their routes without much of a challenge. Hicks will be looking to play better this week after being a part of some communication breakdowns against Iowa. He will be needed given Nebraska’s talent at wide receiver.
CB Caesar Williams
Williams makes his first appearance to the injury report this season. There have not been any updates to what exactly Williams is dealing with. On this week’s depth chart, Williams was listed as a co-starter alongside redshirt freshman Deron Harrell. If Williams is unable to go, it would be a pretty big blow to the depth of the secondary.
Jim Leonhard likes to use as many corners as he can, allowing him to utilize different players given the offensive looks that are presented to him. Williams is a versatile corner that has played pretty well so far this season for the Wisconsin defense.
I expect Madison Cone to take over the responsibilities of any corners that may not play against Nebraska despite being played primarily in the slot.
CB Travian Blaylock
Another player who is making his first appearance on the injury report is corner Travian Blaylock. Blaylock has played primarily on special teams so far this season. Although his role has been limited, Blaylock made a huge play against Iowa when he recovered a fumble on a punt in the third quarter. It was a pretty heads-up play by a true freshman who has only played in a couple of games in his college career.
Like Williams, the extent of Blaylock’s injury has not been reported.