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August 29, 2017 GMT

Depth chart

Kicker

Projected starter

27 Rafael Gaglianone 5-11 232 Jr. Sao Paulo, Brazil

Backups

39 Zach Hintze 6-0 182 So. Fond du Lac

98 Collin Larsh 5-10 182 Fr. Marshall

Punter

Projected starter

15 Anthony Lotti 6-0 191 So. Flowery Brach, Ga.

Backups

38 P.J. Rosowski 6-3 217 Jr. Stoughton

90 Connor Allen 6-0 169 So. New Berlin

Long snapper

Projected starter

51 Adam Bay 6-0 224 Fr. Mesa, Ariz.

Backup

91 Josh Bernhagen 6-2 236 Fr. Madison

THE SKINNY

Gaglianone missed most of last season due to a back injury but is kicking the ball well this fall after finally getting healthy. After a slump in 2015, he had appeared to bounce back last year before the injury. Rosowski is expected to handle kickoffs and push Lotti as UW’s No. 1 punter. Lotti improved throughout last season, when he was a true freshman, and could be in for a big year. The Badgers want to improve in the return game after getting below-average output in that area last season.

GLASS-IS-HALF-FULL FORECAST

Gaglianone stays healthy and returns to form, alleviating the kicking issues UW had while he was out last season. Lotti, a highly recruited player from the 2016 class, becomes a consistent weapon. Natrell Jamerson excels returning kickoffs and the Badgers find a punt returner that can save them field position.

GLASS-IS-HALF-EMPTY FORECAST

Gaglianone’s back issues return, leaving place-kicking duties to walk-on Zack Hintze, and Lotti still struggles to become more consistent. UW can’t figure out its return game, costing it meaningful yards in big games.

THE NUMBER

4 The number of career field goal attempts Gaglianone has missed (26 of 30) outside of his disappointing 2015 season in which he connected on just 18 of 27.