MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin ranks second in the nation in total defense. The Badgers believe they still have plenty of room to improve on that side of the ball.
The next step is getting the ball back by producing turnovers rather than forcing punts.
Heading into its game at Michigan on Oct. 13, the University of Wisconsin football team needed to find a desperate solution for the back end of its defense.
With D’Cota Dixon a late scratch due to a right leg injury and the Badgers’ other starting safety, Scott Nelson, suspended for the first half, absences forced UW to reach deep into its depth at the position.
The University of Wisconsin secondary could be drastically shorthanded once again Saturday when the Badgers take on Illinois at Camp Randall Stadium.
Five defensive backs — safeties D'Cota Dixon (right leg), Scott Nelson (right leg) and Reggie Pearson (left leg) and cornerbacks Faion Hicks (left leg) and Travian Blaylock (right leg) — were listed as questionable when UW released its initial injury report Monday.
The University of Wisconsin’s football roster lists just one defensive back, senior safety D’Cota Dixon, who earned consistent playing time on the Badgers’ defense prior to this season.
Understandably, many may have considered this a transitional season for UW’s back end.
A.J. Taylor: The junior wide receiver caught five passes for 134 yards, the most for a UW player since Alex Erickson had 160 vs. Minnesota on Nov. 29, 2014.