Early Projection of 2019 Wisconsin Football Depth Chart

Wisconsin (8-5) concluded the 2018 campaign with a 35-3 victory over Miami in the Pinstripe Bowl in a rare down year for the program.

Now, the Badgers head into the offseason taking some much needed time off and gear up for spring ball hoping to make a run at the 2019 Big Ten Championship and do what they couldn’t do this season — stay relevant in the College Football Playoff race.

I’m going to go through my “way too early” projection of the 2019 depth chart.

Quarterback:

1. Jack Coan

2. Alex Hornibrook

A lot of variables at the quarterback going into spring ball. Hornibrook (Head) may not be able to play football again depending how his health is after suffering multiple concussions this season.

They have young talent at the position too. Do they redshirt highly touted Graham Mertz? They also have Danny Vanden Boom and Chase Wolf.

Head Coach Paul Chryst indicated after the Pinstripe Bowl that there would be a competition in spring ball for the starting position.

Running Back:

1. Jonathan Taylor

2. Bradrick Shaw

Fullback:

1. Mason Stokke

2. Quan Easterling

Wide Receiver:

1. Danny Davis

2. Kendric Pryor

1. A.J. Taylor

2. Aron Cruickshank

Wisconsin’s core group stays intact. The group will also get help from freshman Taj Mustapha. The big question lies with Quintez Cephus and how his trial goes, however, I think he’s played his final game as a Badger.

Tight End:

1. Jake Ferguson

2. Kyle Penniston

Ferguson is poised for another big year in 2019 after his breakout campaign in 2018. Whether or not UW gets the blocking needed out of this group remains to be seen.

Offensive Line:

First Team:

RT- David Edwards

RG- Logan Bruss

C- Kayden Lyles

LG- Jon Dietzen

LT- Cole Van Lanen

Second Team:

RT- Tyler Beach

RG- Josh Seltzner

C- Jason Erdmann

LG- David Moorman

LT- Logan Brown

I’m projecting that Tyler Biadasz leaves for the NFL Draft, with Edwards returning. Biadasz is one of the nation’s top rated centers and some have him going in the first round.

Defensive Line:

First Team:

DE- Isaiahh Loudermilk

NG- Bryson Williams

DE- Garrett Rand

Second Team:

DE- Matt Henningsen

NG- Gunnar Roberge

DE- David Pfaff

Getting Rand back will be a huge boost to the defense. There’s still question marks with the second unit and guys like Aaron Vopal and Isaiah Mullens should be in the mix as well. I expect defensive line coach Inoke Breckterfield to give a strong look at some of the true freshman coming in.

Linebackers:

First Team:

OLB- Zack Baun

ILB- Chris Orr

ILB- Jack Sanborn

OLB- Christian Bell

Second Team:

OLB- Noah Burks

ILB- Mike Maskalunas

ILB- Griffin Grady

OLB- Tyler Johnson

Wisconsin will lose three of the four starters from 2018, but this year will have experience to fall back on. All four of my projected starters in 2019 played a vital role in 2018.

Cornerback:

1. Rachad Wildgoose Jr.

2. Caesar Williams

1. Faion Hicks

2. Deron Harrell

Nickel:

1. Madison Cone

2. Donte Burton

We saw a very fluid depth chart for most of 2018 with this group. That could continue in 2019 depending on development and growth of the group. The top seven corners return and have just two upperclassmen in Cone and Williams in the group.

Safety:

Free Safety:

1. Scott Nelson

2. Collin Wilder

Strong Safety:

1. Eric Burrell

2. Reggie Pearson Jr.

Nelson had an up and down season in 2018, but I’m projecting he keeps his starting spot and takes the next jump from his freshman season.

Special Teams:

Kicker:

1. Collin Larsh

2. Zach Hintze

Punter:

1. Anthony Lotti

2. Connor Allen

Kick Returner:

1. Aron Cruickshank

2. Kendric Pryor

Punt Returner:

1. Jack Dunn

2. Danny Davis

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