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An early look at the 2020 Wisconsin Badgers offense

An early look at the 2020 Wisconsin Badgers offense

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After bouncing back from a down year with a 10-4 campaign and a Rose Bowl appearance, the University of Wisconsin football team finds itself in an interesting position on offense.

The Badgers won’t have star junior tailback Jonathan Taylor in the backfield next season, and it won’t have junior Tyler Biadasz anchoring the offensive line for the first time in three seasons. But they have options and depth at positions like tight end that were thin this season for a variety of reasons.

How UW fills some of the holes left by graduation and early NFL departures will be a major factor in the team building on its solid season. Last year, the Badgers had their best offense in terms of yards and points per game since 2014.

Let’s take a look at how UW’s roster on offense sits a couple of months before spring practices. Players’ years in school are what they’ll be when the 2020 season begins, and you can read more about the incoming recruits and watch their highlights here.

— Colten Bartholomew

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Linebacker Jake Chaney, a three-star prospect out of Lehigh Acres, Florida, tweeted Sunday that he had committed to the Badgers. UW won the recruiting battle for Chaney over 10 other offers, including ones from Michigan, Minnesota, and Indiana.

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Peterson, a three-star outside linebacker/defensive end from Akron, Ohio, was one of the Badgers’ top targets on defense since the spring of 2019. He tallied 21 sacks in his junior season at Archbishop Hoban, and chose the Badgers over offers from Alabama, Michigan, West Virginia and more.

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Ricardo Hallman, ranked a four-star prospect by Rivals and a three-star by 247Sports and ESPN, had offers from at least 16 Football Bowl Subdivision programs, including Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Miami, Florida and Florida State.

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Chris Borland’s senior year of 2013 was arguably his best, as he won the conference’s defensive player of the year and linebacker of the year awards en route to a first-team All-American selection by the Football Writers Association of America. 

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"I would always maybe not take things as seriously or do all the things that I should be doing. To me, that’s not what a leader should do, and I think those are the things that I’ve fixed now,” Van Lanen said. “I’ve put myself in this position, and I’ve been playing for a few years now and I’m one of the oldest guys in the room. That’s all part of it, too.”

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