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Houston junior S Collin Wilder transferred to Wisconsin.

Wilder (5'10/195) signed on with Houston as a three-star recruit in the winter of 2016. While he played a full 13-game slate with the Cougars as a true freshman, he was mostly utilized in a special teams capacity. His development in the program was halted last September, when he sustained a serious knee injury. He would finish the 2017 season having appeared in just two contests. As Wilder is keeping his transfer in the FBS, he will be required to sit out the 2018 campaign to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations.
Apr 24 - 2:06 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared Wisconsin LB Leon Jacobs to Carolina Panthers DE Mario Addison.

"Jacobs got lost for awhile behind the depth at his position at Wisconsin," Zierlein writes of the 6-foot-1, 246-pounder, "but he has the explosiveness and the potential to become a much more impactful pro player than he was in college." The analyst would like to see Jacobs hone his technical game "both a pass rusher and as an edge-setter." Zierlein views the Wisconsin product as a Day 3 pick, stamping him with a grade for Rounds 4-5.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 24 - 12:50 PM

Wisconsin sophomore RB Garrett Groshek (leg) returned to practice.

This is notable because Groshek is recovering from a broken bone in his left leg he suffered during the Orange Bowl on December 30th. Groshek said, "everything went well and I was able to progress enough to get a little bit out of practice." It's unclear how much he was able to practice, but it's a great sign for his health to have him return early. Groshek will look to maintain a supplementary role to star RB Jonathan Taylor in 2018
Source: ABC
Apr 23 - 12:33 AM

Wisconsin redshirt sophomore Karé Lyles announced his intent to transfer from the program.

Lyles made the announcement over his Twitter account. The 6-foot, 207-pound quarterback was projected to be the third quarterback on the roster behind Alex Hornibrook and Jack Croan, so he wasn't likely to take snaps for the Badgers anytime soon. Because he hasn't graduated yet, he'll have to sit out one season at whatever school he lands at -- assuming it's not an FCS program.
Apr 21 - 2:40 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Wisconsin CB Nick Nelson to Minnesota Vikings CB Mackensie Alexander.

Nelson was a graduate transfer from Hawaii to Wisconsin, and Zierlein notes that he showed "good patience in the press" and that he's difficult to beat with double moves because of that patience. He also notes that needs to improve his fluidity, and that patience can be a weakness as he gets beaten on slants. He projects Nelson to go early on Day 3, but he could drop because he tore his meniscus on his pro day.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 20 - 8:10 PM

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Jeff Potrykus writes that Wisconsin junior RB Bradrick Shaw (knee) "probably won't be ready for the opener."

Shaw (6'1/211) sat out spring practice mending from a left knee injury. Apparently a serious one if it's already evident that his season debut could realistically be delayed. It's a distressing development given that Shaw struggled with injury through the past season. He's fallen a ways after receiving pub last offseason as a potential starter for the Badgers. Freshman Jonathan Taylor ultimately wrenched the starting reigns from the competition and went on to crush the 2017 season. Shaw wrapped the year having rushed for 365 yards (3.8 YPC) and a quartet of touchdowns. While his availability for Wisconsin's opener against Western Kentucky is looking dim, we'll continue to monitor his health into August camp, when it will become definitively clear whether he's able to play in that showdown with the Hilltoppers on Aug. 31.
Apr 20 - 1:43 PM

Wisconsin junior WR Quintez Cephus has returned to practice in limited capacity after missing the majority of the spring while rehabbing from a broken right leg suffered during the 2017 season.

Cephus (6'1/195) saw his season cut short when he broke his leg against Iowa this past November. Prior to sustaining the injury, he had been working to a 30-501-6 receiving line for the campaign. The junior figures to be a key component in the Badgers offense this coming season so long as he can maintain his health. Already quite deep into his rehab, Cephus is expected to be fully healed up by the start of August camp.
Apr 19 - 4:08 PM

Wisconsin CB Nick Nelson underwent a successful surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his knee on Tuesday.

Nelson initially sustained the injury during a private workout with the Lions earlier this spring. All developments have been positive since then. Not only did the surgery -- performed by the famed Dr. James Andrews -- go off without a hitch, there was an added bonus. Per NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, Andrews only needed to "trim and clean" the meniscus, as the knee injury was not as severe as initially feared. The tangible offshoot of this is that Nelson will now only require six weeks of rehab, rather than the expected 3-4 month recovery which tends to come with serious meniscus injuries. In his seven-round mock draft released on Tuesday, Rotoworld's Mark Lindquist tagged Nelson to the Arizona Cardinals in the sixth round.
Apr 17 - 2:48 PM

Wisconsin CB Nick Nelson will undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair the meniscus injury suffered during a private workout with the Lions.

The surgery will be completed by Dr. James Andrews. Nelson will be a third-day pick and could return during training camp. The Texans also worked out the competitive corner during the draft process.
Apr 17 - 9:43 AM

Journal Sentinel's Jeff Potrykus reports Wisconsin redshirt senior RB Taiwan Deal pulled his left hamstring in practice on Thursday.

This is disappointing for Deal who "was having a good spring" according to Potrykus. After playing a significant role as a redshirt freshman, Deal only has 32 carries since then due to a variety of serious ankle issues. Known for being a tough runner when healthy, he will try and play a bigger role this year in his final year of eligibility at Wisconsin.
Source: SB Nation
Apr 12 - 8:55 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior OLB Zack Baun is out "indefinitely" with a left foot injury.

Baun injured his left foot during practice on Friday. It's likely a different injury to the same foot that caused him to miss the entire 2017 season. He is waiting for the results of his MRI to determine the severity of his injury but they are confident he didn't re-break his foot. Baun was expected to win the No.1 job this season and was paired with OLB Andrew Van Ginkel on the first unit. Walk-on Tyler Johnson will likely fill in for Baun for the rest of spring practices.
Apr 11 - 7:11 PM

Bleacher Report's Brad Shepard lists Wisconsin RB Jonathan as the top sophomore heading into the 2018 season.

Taylor was exceptional in 2017, rushing for 1,977 yards for the one-loss Badgers. He also ran for 13 touchdowns, and his 299 carries show that he's capable of a big workload. If Wisconsin is able to compete in the Big Ten again, Taylor not only is a Heisman Trophy contender, he just might win it.
Apr 9 - 9:01 PM

A former Big Ten coach said that Wisconsin TE Troy Fumagalli "gets things done."

The coach notes that while the 6-foot-5, 247-pound Fumagalli isn't "pretty in uniform," the Wisconsin tight end makes up for some of his athletic drawbacks with a dogged competitive attitude. He profiles as a likely Day 3 selection for the draft.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 9 - 3:18 PM

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reports that Wisconsin CB Nick Nelson sustained a torn meniscus during a private workout with a team.

Rapoport does not specifically name which team Nelson was working out with at the time he suffered the knee injury. He relays that surgery has been scheduled for the near future. While this torn meniscus is expected to require a rehab of three-to-four months, it's a far less debilitating injury than a torn ACL and Nelson still has a shot at being healthy -- or close to it -- for preseason NFL camp. The Wisconsin standout is borderline Day 2 selection, though it's possible this knee concern nixes any chance of him going before Day 3.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 6 - 12:27 PM

Houston junior S Collin Wilder will transfer.

Wilder (5'10/195) was a three-star recruit in the 2016 class and went on to play in all 13 games for the Cougars as a true freshman. He mostly saw work on special teams and ended the campaign having registered nine tackles. Alas, a knee injury sustained last September cost him all but two games in the 2017 season. So far as we can ascertain, Wilder has not yet graduated from Houston, meaning that he will have to sit out the 2018 campaign to satisfy NCAA regulations unless he is to transfer out of the FBS.
Apr 4 - 2:08 PM


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