Some first-year players had great seasons
The future is bright in Madison. The Wisconsin coaching staff has a great reputation for developing talent and is gaining steam on the recruiting trail, so any underclassman that makes an impact is immediately taken note of by Badger fans.
The big names this year were tight end Jake Ferguson, cornerback Rachad Wildgoose, and safety Scott Nelson.
Ferguson is somebody we at Badger of Honor were watching closely for all year. We weren’t alone either. Ferguson’s talents were well-documented and the need for said talent at his position was large. It was only a matter of time before he burst onto the scene. He ended up being a third-down safety net for Alex Hornibrook and Jack Coan and caught just about anything you threw his way. Next year will be an even bigger year for the rising redshirt sophomore.
The biggest question mark on the team was the defensive backfield, largely because it was full of young players like Wildgoose and Nelson. Both first-year starters played great throughout the season and are solidified pieces of the defense moving forward. The game experience they have is unparalleled and they will only get better with time.
Other young names to watch for taking the next step are receiver Aron Cruickshank, safety Reggie Pearson, and linebacker Jack Sanborn.