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Wisconsin Football: Week 1 depth chart + injury report for game vs. Illinois State

Madison, Wis. — Wisconsin football official released its first two-deep depth chart and injury report ahead of its season opener vs. the Illinois State Redbirds on Monday. 

Here is a look at where things stand heading into Week 1:

Offensive two-deep


Starter: Graham Mertz (RS JR)

Backup: Chase Wolf (RS SR)

Running Back

Starter: Braelon Allen (SO)

Backup: Chez Mellusi (SR)


Starter: Jackson Acker (RS FR)

Backup: Riley Nowakowski (RS SO)

Wide Receiver 

Starter: Chimere Dike (JR)

Backup: Markus Allen (RS FR)

Wide Receiver 

Starter: Skyler Bell (RS FR)

Backup: Keontez Lewis (SO)

Tight End

Starter: Clay Cundiff (RS JR)

Backup: Hayden Rucci (RS JR)

Left Tackle

Starter: Jack Nelson (RS SO)

Backup: Nolan Rucci (RS FR)

Left Guard

Starter: Tyler Beach (RS SR)

Backup: Joe Brunner (FR)


Starter: Joe Tippmann (RS JR)

Backup: Trey Wedig (RS SO)

Right Guard

Starter: Michael Furtney (RS SR)

Backup: Dylan Barrett (RS SO)

Right Tackle 

Starter: Riley Mahlman (RS FR)

Backup: Logan Brown (RS JR)

Defensive two-deep

Defensive End

Starter: Rodas Johnson (RS JR)

Backup: Cade McDonald (RS SO)

Nose Tackle

Starter: Keeanu Benton (SR)

Backup: Gio Paez (RS JR)

Defensive End 

Starter: Isaiah Mullens (RS SR)

Backup: James Thompson Jr. (RS SO)

Outside Linebacker

Starter: Nick Herbig (JR)

Backup: Kaden Johnson (RS SO)

Inside Linebacker 

Starter: Jordan Turner (RS SO)

Backup: Tatum Grass (RS JR)

Inside Linebacker

Starter: Maema Njongmeta (RS JR)

Backup: Jake Chaney (SO)

Outside Linebacker

Starter: C.J. Goetz (RS SR)

Backup: Darryl Peterson (RS FR)


Starter: Alexander Smith (RS SR)

Backup: Ricardo Hallman (RS FR)


Starter: Jay Shaw (RS SR)

Backup: Semar Melvin (JR)

Nickel Corner

Starter: Cedrick Dort Jr. (RS SR)

Backup: Justin Clark (GR)

Strong Safety

Starter: John Torchio (RS SR)

Backup: Kamo’i Latu (RS SO)

Free Safety 

Starter: Hunter Wohler (SO)

Backup: Preston Zachman (RS SO)

Wisconsin Football Injury Report vs. Illinois State

Players listed as Questionable:

  • N/A

Players listed as OUT:

  • OL Tanor Bortolini
  • TE Cam Large
  • ILB Spencer Lytle
  • DE Isaac Townsend
  • OLB Aaron Witt

 Out for the season:

  • S Travian Blaylock
  • DE Mike Jarvis
  • ILB Luna Larson

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