Wisconsin’s 15 practice spring evaluation period concluded a few weeks ago, which allowed the Badgers coaching staff their first look at the roster as currently constructed.
UW’s long-standing track record of recruiting and developing talent has consistently put them in position to reload at positions rather than face a full scale rebuild.
This upcoming season, the program will look to replace a total of 14 preferred starters, eight of which come on the defensive side of the ball – creating competition within seemingly position group.
With new offensive coordinator Bobby Engram now in place, the offense will have their work cut out installing their new system with so many new faces expected to see the field in 2022.
Now that spring practice has concluded, here are, in no particular order, five position groups that still have some question marks entering the fall:
Oct 2, 2021; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Graham Mertz (5) throws a pass during warmups prior to the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
I may be in the minority here, but I believe Graham Mertz and the offense as a whole are going to take a step in the right direction under new offensive coordinator Bobby Engram.
However, if Mertz doesn’t take better care of the football in 2022, there doesn’t appear to be another QB on the roster capable of giving the Badgers a realistic shot at winning the Big Ten West.
Chase Wolf has some play-making ability, but he is who he is at this point. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound QB hasn’t been able to take care of the ball in the limited snaps he’s received, so I don’t see him being a real threat to push for time under center.
Deacon Hill has a live arm and I firmly believe he’ll be the starter at UW at some point in…