Football Position Battle Updates Through Practice No.11

How are various position groups performing so far?
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The Badgers completed their 11th practice this morning so let's take a look at some of the position battles that are heating up.


Tyler Van Dyke and Braedyn Locke are still spitting first team reps and both had some good plays. It sounds like Van Dyke may be starting to gain the edge on Locke, but Braedyn had the splash play of the day: a 50-yard beauty to Will Pauling.

The battle isn't over but as Van Dyke gets more and more comfortable in the offense, it's probably his job to lose.

Offensive Line

The Badger o-line, typically the team's strength, still has a lot to figure out before the season. According to Jesse Temple of The Athletic, head coach Luke Fickell has been trying to figure out the best fit for each player all spring, and pieces will continue to move in and out of top two units. Wisconsin recently brought in transfer Leyton Nelson from Vanderbilt as well, who will also try and find his place in the group. Based on reports, its seems like this group will have a lot more tinkering done before fall.


The defense has really been getting pressure all spring. Practice number 11 was no different. Leon Lowry has been a welcome addition via the portal and will be a name to remember. Transfer Jaheim Thomas and edge freshman Anelu Lafaele were a few of the standouts from that group in Nick Osen's report. The core will look very different from last year but all accounts say that it will be a strong group.

Wide Receiver

Outside of Pauling, who is the established slot star, both CJ Williams and Bryson Green are emerging as guys to start on the outside as the Badgers made it a point to target them deep. Green was pretty established but Williams is looking like a quality third option.