MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin Badgers start up practices in March, and on Monday, the program released its 2020 spring camp roster.
One key change for Wisconsin overall for these upcoming sessions is that they will now start after spring break, which is the week of March 22. Head coach Paul Chryst made the announcement during his availability on Monday morning.
"One thing we've kind of made an adjustment with is we're going to have our first practice actually after break," Chryst said. "Going to use this week to kind of transition. I was just kind of going through it. We just finished up our winter conditioning, and guys worked, worked hard in it as they should, but you appreciate them doing the work. But think we kind of need this week and next week to transition to try to make the most of the spring practice opportunities that we get. So just a little bit of a change up that way, but still looking forward to getting those 15 practices.
"You kind of talk with a group a lot. We got four phases that prepare you for the season. Each phase is really important, but I think each phase, you got to kind of ratch it up a bit. So I thought they had a productive, a good winter conditioning, and phase two's spring ball. So I want to make the most of that and give 'em two weeks here to get kind of prepared for it, and then really March and April's spring ball. Then they'll come back, summer conditioning, fall camp, and getting ready for the season."
In a follow up question about when the first day will be, Chryst said Sunday the 22nd.
Be sure to check out more coverage from AllBadgers.com on Monday, including highlights from head coach Paul Chryst's availability. For now, here is what's notable from the updated roster:
Who's Limited or Not Participating in Spring Ball
Wisconsin released a list of eight players who will not practice during these spring practices:
- Nose tackle Keeanu Benton (core)
- Long snapper Josh Bernhagen (left leg)
- Safety Eric Burrell (left arm)
- Wide receiver Jack Dunn (left leg)
- Offensive lineman Kayden Lyles (right and left leg)
- Safety Scott Nelson (left leg)
- Running back Brady Schipper (right and leg left)
- Nose tackle Bryson Williams (left leg)
Departures from Program
As previously reported, inside linebacker Seth Currens, wide receiver Aron Cruickshank, running back Bradrick Shaw, and outside linebacker Christian Bell all have left the program and are not on the spring roster. Cruickshank committed to play for Rutgers in January, while the other three have entered the transfer portal.
After announcing the end of their football careers on social media, cornerback James Williams and tight end Luke Benzschawel are not on the roster.
Running back Jonathan Taylor, offensive lineman Tyler Biadasz and wide receiver Quintez Cephus all declared for the NFL Draft in January.
Added to the Program for Spring Ball
Wisconsin welcomed seven early enrollees to the program from the class of 2020. They are:
- Offensive linemen Jack Nelson (wearing No. 79) and Dylan Barrett (No. 61)
- Inside linebackers Jordan Turner (No. 54) and Preston Zachman (No. 43)
- Outside linebacker Nick Herbig (No. 19)
- Wide receiver Chimere Dike (No. 13)
- Defensive end Cade McDonald (No. 96)
Punter Andy Vujnovich (No. 38), a transfer from Division III Dubuque, is on the spring roster. When asked if the specialist is eligible to play immediately, Chryst believes that they are still working through that process.
Redshirt freshman kicker Joe Stoll (No. 27) is also officially on the spring roster.
The big one here is redshirt sophomore Cormac Sampson going back to the offensive line. He moved to tight end and played in 13 games last season, including two starts. Sampson is currently listed on the spring roster at 287 pounds.
Listed as a defensive end last season on the online roster, redshirt freshman Gio Paez shifts inside to be a nose tackle (checking the Rose Bowl game notes, he was already listed as a nose tackle). Redshirt sophomore Jacob Heyroth moves to running back from inside linebacker.
Jersey No. Changes
- Offensive lineman Cormac Sampson (No. 62 from No. 85)
- Cornerback Donte Burton (No. 4 from No. 17)
- Wide receiver Danny Davis (No. 7 from No. 6)
- Wide receiver Stephan Bracey (No. 10 from No. 11)
- Wide receiver Mike Gregoire (No. 39 from No. 13)
- Safety John Torchio (No. 15 from No. 19)
- Wide receiver Jordan DiBenedetto (No. 31 from No. 14)
- Tight end Hayden Rucci (No. 87 from No. 43)
- Defensive end Michael Balistreri (No. 75 from No. 57)
- Offensive lineman Logan O'Brien (No. 58 from No. 62)
- Offensive lineman Andrew Lyons (No. 63 from No. 59)
- Longsnapper Josh Bernhagen (No. 62 from No. 52)