Wisconsin Football: 5 Spring Practice Positional Battles to Watch

Wisconsin Football: 5 Spring Practice Positional Battles to Watch

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Following an up-and-down 2013 season, the Wisconsin Badgers have some major holes to fill. There's plenty of voids left on the depth chart in terms of personnel. It's the intangible ones left by leadership may sting the most in Gary Andersen's second year at the helm.

5. Defensive Line

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5. Defensive Line

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Look for nose guard Warren Herring to try to continue dominating the front while the new linebackers get settled. He's flanked by extreme inexperience at defensive end.

4. Backup QB

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4. Backup QB

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Tanner McEvoy's name has come up as a name to keep in mind. Some think he may even challenge Joel Stave for the starting role.

3. Linebacker

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3. Linebacker

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You don't replace a talent like 2013 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Chris Borland overnight. Michael Caputo's stepping up from safety to outside linebacker in an attempt to help.

2, Safeties

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2. Safeties

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The loss of Caputo means that the a secondary that was torched in 2013 needs to be smashed together with gum and duct tape for 2014. Busch may push for Leo Musso and Nate Hammon to start at the safety slots.

1. Recevers

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1. Wide Receiver

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It's bad enough that Stave won't be able to throw to Jared "Abracadabra" Abbrederis anymore. Tight end Jacob Peterson and wide receiver Jeff Duckworth left with him. That's 1,808 yards and 12 TDs from last season up in smoke. James White also had 300 yards receiving, so Wisky's top four receivers went up in smoke for the spring.

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