Wisconsin Football: Badgers' Spring Practice To-Do List

What Does Wisconsin Need to Accomplish This Spring?

3/5/14 in NCAAF   |   brettbachman   |   4 respect

As Gary Andersen enters his second season with the Wisconsin Badgers, spring practice once again looks to be a battlefield, with players vying for positions left and right. Blog Photo - Wisconsin Football: Badgers' Spring Practice To-Do List

The 2013 senior class was one of the best in recent memory for the Badgers, leaving many holes in the roster that need to be filled.

Andersen’s to-do list is long, but here are the main points that this Wisconsin team needs to work on if it wants to be a Big Ten Conference contender come fall:

1. Solve the Quarterback Dilemma

Since Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson left the Badgers two seasons ago, nothing has been certain at the position. Taking the majority of snaps is up-and down Joel Stave, though injuries and poor play have given others a clear opportunity to take over the job this spring.

Safety Tanner McEvoy transferred to Wisconsin last year as a quarterback, and is looking to switch sides once again. Relatively untested Bart Houston is another name on everyone’s lips, though Stave is still the frontrunner, according to Andersen.

2. Figure Out the Secondary

First-year defensive coordinator Dave Aranda led the Badgers in their switch to the 3-4 defense, and the results against the run game could not have been better. Unfortunately, Wisconsin also had trouble defending against the pass, which became blatantly obvious during its 34-24 loss to South Carolina during the 2014 Capital One Bowl. With the departure of safety Dezmen Southward and the probable loss of McEvoy to the offense, Wisconsin needs to get its new safeties—namely freshman early-enrollee Austin Hudsonup to speed before the end of spring ball.

3. Re-stock the Perennially Powerful Offensive Line

The Badgers are going to run the ball this season. They run the ball every year. The key to their success in this endeavor is the offensive line. First and foremost is the hole left by Ryan Groy, the cornerstone of the Badgers’ offensive line a year ago. With 14 linemen on scholarship in 2014, however, Wisconsin has no shortage of players to choose from.

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