Head Coach Paul Chryst and the University of Wisconsin football program have dismissed second year running back Jalen Berger from the team five games into the season.
Berger did not get any reps in UW’s 24-0 win over Illinois yesterday. It was the second time this season that Berger didn’t get any action in a game. Even with Isaac Guerendo out with an unspecified injury yesterday, UW went with junior walk-on Brady Schipper as the No. 3 running back against Illinois.
When asked about the Berger situation in the postgame press conference, Paul Chryst didn’t provide much detail and said “Liked the way Braelon Allen and Chez Mellusi were going. Schip served a role for us that I thought was right.”
Berger didn’t play in the season opener against Penn State, but did have 15 carries against Eastern Michigan the following week. Berger went on to have just nine more touches the next two weeks against Notre Dame and Michigan to finish his 2021 UW season with 24 carries for 88 yards and a touchdown.
Berger had a promising true freshman season in 2020 when he had 301 rushing yards and two touchdowns in four games, averaging 5.0 yards per carry in the coronavirus 2020 campaign.
Berger is the third running back to depart from the UW program this season, joining Antwan Roberts (transfer portal) and Loyal Crawford (dismissed), who were involved in an on-campus incident prior to the season opener.