It’s game week folks, and with it comes the weekly rituals of the depth chart being released and head coach Gary Andersen speaking to the media. We’ll have coverage of his press conference at 12:30pm CT via Twitter @MTBadgers.
However, the big news is the released of the first official depth chart. So, let’s take a look at it, shall we?
On offense there isn’t a lot of shocking news, as UW won’t give away the starting quarterback and reading anything in to Joel Stave being listed first in the “or” at 1st-team quarterback is a bit much. What is interesting is seeing two freshmen on the two-deep at offensive line. Both Hayden Beigel and Michael Deiter are listed on the roster.
Four other freshmen dot the two-deep for the Badgers, including wide receivers Natrell Jamerson and George Rushing. No where on the two deep is highly thought of receiver Rob Wheelwright. It could be injury-related, but more likely because of a lack of time during fall camp.
The defense is going to be heavy on freshmen contributors as both Chikwe Obasih (expected) and Lubern Figaro will start against LSU in game one. The nice news is seeing all four expected starters at linebacker healthy enough to be included on the depth chart.
It will be interesting to see the rotation between Figaro and Leo Musso at strong safety, as reports indicated Musso was playing very well before his injury. Both are likely to see extensive playing time and the battle for the long-term starter is far from over.
No real shocks here at all, as freshman kicker Rafael Gaglianone has been a start of fall camp for his booming kicks and accuracy overall. What is interesting is seeing two different long snappers, with senior James McGuire doing duty on punts and Connor Udelhoven doing the duties on field goals.
Overall this depth chart is pretty much what we in the media expected, putting it down in front of us all is just another indicator real football is just around the corner.