August 27, 2009

Tolzien or Phillips to start opener

MADISON, Wis. - As expected, Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema released his depth chart for the season opener Thursday morning. And, following a hotly contested quarterback battle throughout fall camp, Bielema has gone with Scott Tolzien or Curt Phillips as his starter.

Offense:

It is likely Tolzien will be the first quarterback under center when the Badgers play Northern Illinois, but as the OR on the depth chart indicates, Phillips will see plenty of action throughout the year.

Dustin Sherer rounds out the quarterback group as the third player listed on the depth chart. Interestingly, freshman Jon Budmayr is not on the depth chart indicating a likely redshirt season.

At running back, Zach Brown is listed above John Clay, but like the quarterback position, an or separates the two. It is likely Brown and Clay will split carries throughout the season as the No. 1 and 2 running backs. Behind them, freshman Montee Ball or Erik Smith round our the group.

Closing out the backfield, sophomore Bradie Ewing is the listed starter at fullback with Sam Spitz behind him.

Out wide, Nick Toon and Isaac Anderson won the two starting spots. Junior's David Gilreath and Maurice Moore complete the two deep at the position.

At H-back, Bielema listed the starter as Garrett Graham or Lance Kendricks, though both will see plenty of reps. At the other tight end position, it is listed as Kendricks or Mickey Turner.

Jake Byrne and Rob Korslin are listed on the two deep at the position as well.

Up front, Gabe Carimi, Jake Bscherer, John Moffitt, Kevin Zeitler and Josh Oglesby are the listed starters.

Currently, Moffitt and Carimi are recovering from their respective injuries. Clearly, the coaching staff feels both will be ready to go when the opener rolls around.

Bill Nagy, a projected starter prior to his injury, is listed behind Zeitler. Otherwise, the makeshift line that has been practicing through the majority of camp is listed behind the starters.

Ricky Wagner is behind Carimi, Jake Current or Ryan Groy behind Bscherer, Travis Frederick behind Moffitt, and Peter Konz behind Oglesby to complete the two-deep.

Defense:

On the line, O'Brien Schofield and J.J. Watt will start at defensive end. Dan Moore or Patrick Butrym and Jeff Stehle will anchor the tackle spots.

Otherwise, Louis Nzegwu will spell Schofield while Anthony Mains does the same for Watt. Brendan Kelly who many believed would be in the two-deep is recovering from a groin injury. That is likely kept him out of the two-deep.

The back up tackles are Dan Cascone and in a bit of a surprise Jordan Hein, a former wrestler turned football player.

At linebacker, freshman Mike Taylor is listed as the starting sam backer while Jaevery McFadden anchors the strong side. In the middle, Bielema listed Culmer St. Jean or Blake Sorensen as the starter.

True freshman Chris Borland is listed behind Taylor in the two-deep.

In the secondary, Aaron Henry and Devin Smith get the call at corner with Antonio Fenelus spelling Henry and Niles Brinkley or Dezmen Southward doing the same for Smith.

No surprises at safety as Jay Valai and Chris Maragos will get the start at the strong and free positions respectively. Behind Valai, Bielema listed Josh Peprah or Kevin Claxton and behind Maragos is freshman Shelton Johnson.

Specialists:

Brad Nortman and Philip Welch will do the punting and kicking. Gilreath, who Bielema admitted to wanting to lighten his workload, is listed at the top of both punt returns and kick returns.

Fenelus and Henry are behind him on the punt return list and Fenelus, Cromartie and Toon are listed as potential kick returners.

The depth chart:

Quarterback:

- Jr. Scott Tolzien, 6-3, 205 OR
-Fr. Curt Phillips, 6-3, 228
-Sr. Dustin Sherer, 6-3, 220

Running Back

-Jr. Zach Brown, 5-10, 210 OR
-So. John Clay, 6-1, 248
-Fr. Montee Ball, 5-11, 225 OR
-Fr. Erik Smith, 6-0, 198

Fullback:

-So. Bradie Ewing, 6-0, 231
-Fr. Sam Spitz, 6-0, 245

Wide Receiver:

-So. Nick Toon, 6-3, 250
-Jr. David Gilreath, 5-11, 170

Wide Receiver:

-Jr. Isaac Anderson, 5-10, 177
-Jr. Maurice Moore, 5-10, 180

Tight End:

-Sr. Garrett Graham, 6-3, 250 OR
-Jr. Lance Kendricks, 6-4, 236
-So. Jake Byrne, 6-4, 260

Tight End:

-Jr. Lance Kendricks, 6-4, 236 OR
-Sr. Mickey Turner, 6-3, 250
-So. Rob Korslin, 6-4, 260

Left Tackle:

-Jr. Gabe Carimi, 6-7, 325
-Fr. Ricky Wagner, 6-6, 313

Left Guard:

-Jr. Jake Bscherer, 6-7, 310
-So. Jake Current, 6-3, 304 OR
-Fr. Ryan Groy, 6-5, 310

Center:

-Jr. John Moffitt, 6-5, 320
-Fr. Travis Frederick, 6-4, 336

Right Guard:

-Fr. Kevin Zeitler, 6-4, 317
-Jr. Bill Nagy, 6-3, 310

Right Tackle:

-So. Josh Oglesby, 6-7, 330
-Fr. Peter Konz, 6-5, 315

Defensive End:

-Sr. O'Brien Schofield, 6-3, 248
-So. Louis Nzegwu, 6-4, 245

Defensive Tackle:

-Sr. Dan Moore, 6-2, 283 OR
-So. Patrick Butrym, 6-4, 291
-Sr. Dan Cascone, 6-3, 301

Defensive Tackle:

-Sr. Jeff Stehle, 6-6, 310
-Sr. Jordan Hein, 6-3, 286

Defensive End:

So. J.J. Watt, 6-6, 287
Fr. Anthony Mains, 6-6, 223

Linebacker: (Will)

-Sr. Jaevery McFadden, 6-2, 230
-So. Kevin Rouse, 6-0, 232

Linebacker: (Mike)

-Jr. Culmer St. Jean, 6-0, 233 OR
-Jr. Blake Sorensen, 6-1, 231
-Fr. Matthew Groff, 6-2, 234

Linebacker: (Sam)

-Fr. Mike Taylor, 6-2, 221
-Fr. Chris Borland, 5-11, 235

Cornerback:

-So. Aaron Henry, 6-0, 195
-So. Antonio Fenelus, 5-9, 185

Strong Safety:

-Jr. Jay Valai, 5-9, 201
-Fr. Josh Peprah, 5-11, 205, OR
-So. Kevin Claxton, 6-1, 218

Free Safety:

-Sr. Chris Maragos, 6-0, 198
-Fr. Shelton Johnson, 6-0, 183

Cornerback:

-So. Devin Smith, 5-11, 188
-Jr. Niles Brinkley, 5-10, 188 OR
-Fr. Dezmen Southward, 6-1, 210

Punter:

-So. Brad Nortman, 6-3, 209
-So. Ryan Wickesberg, 6-1, 215

Kicker:

-So. Phillip Welch, 6-3, 200
-Fr. Alec Lerner, 5-7, 172

Long Snapper:

-So. Kyle Wojta, 6-2, 231
-Sr. Drew Woodward, 6-4, 212

Holder:

-Sr. Chris Maragos
-So. Ryan Wickesberg

Punt Returner:

-Jr. David Gilreath
-So. Antonio Fenelus OR
-So. Aaron Henry

Kick Returner:

-Jr. David Gilreath
-So. Antonio Fenelus
-Fr. Marcus Cromartie
-So. Nick Toon




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