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Wisconsin Badgers CB Alexander Smith reveals plans for 2023

The Wisconsin Badgers have received some more excellent news. Yesterday, Chez Mellusi announced he will be returning for the 2023 season. This was huge for the Badgers, as they will hold on to their dynamic duo of Braelon Allen and Mellusi.

Mellusi was not the only senior who will return. In news reported by Zach Heilprin, cornerback Alexander Smith announced he will return for a sixth season.

Wisconsin Badgers cornerback Alexander Smith announces he will return for the 2023 season

Smith’s return is big for the Badgers, as Wisconsin has three senior cornerbacks leaving the program. The 5-foot-11, 183-pound cornerback has appeared in 41 games in his time with the Badgers.

Smith was held out for the beginning of the 2022 season with a hamstring injury, making his first appearance in week seven against Michigan State. Since his return, Smith has logged ten tackles and one pass breakup.

The California native has been a key contributor to Wisconsin’s pass defense in his five years with the program. Since joining UW, Smith has registered 29 tackles, five pass breakups, and one interception. He also made his mark on special teams early in his playing career with a blocked kick in the 2019 season.

As stated previously, the Badgers will lose three senior cornerbacks in 2023. Cornerbacks Jay Shaw, Cedrick Dort, and Justin Clark will play their final game at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday against Minnesota. With Smith announcing his return, he will be the chief CB in 2023.

Smith has been a productive player in his time with the Badgers. Now that he is running it back for a sixth year, he will be a key player to watch on Wisconsin’s defense.

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