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Wisconsin Football Releases Week 6 Depth Chart vs. Rutgers

Here’s a look at the Wisconsin football two-deep heading into The Waste Management Bowl vs. Rutgers.



Wisconsin Badgers football; head coach Luke Fickell leads the Badgers onto the field.
Sep 22, 2023; West Lafayette, Indiana, USA; Wisconsin Badgers head coach Luke Fickell waits to lead his team onto the field prior to the game at Ross-Ade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Goddin-USA TODAY Sports

Madison, Wis. — Luke Fickell and the Wisconsin Badgers football team (3-1, 1-0 B1G) officially released their depth chart ahead of its week four matchup against Rutgers on Saturday, October 7. 

Here is a look at where things stand heading into Week Six. 

Wisconsin Football Offensive Two-Deep Depth Chart 

Wisconsin football; Badgers head coach Luke Fickell & Jack Nelson + CJ Williams

Sep 22, 2023; West Lafayette, Indiana, USA; Wisconsin Badgers head coach Luke Fickell high fives Wisconsin Badgers wide receiver C.J. Williams (4) during the first half at Ross-Ade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Goddin-USA TODAY Sports


Starter: Tanner Mordecai (SR)

Backup: Braedyn Locke (RS FR)

Running Back

Starter: Braelon Allen (JR)

Backup: Jackson Acker (RS SO)

Wide Receiver

Starter: Chimere Dike (SR)

Backup: Quincy Burroughs (RS FR)

Wide Receiver

Starter: Bryson Green (JR)

Backup: C.J. Williams (SO)

Slot Wide Receiver

Starter: Will Pauling (RS SO)

Backup: Skyler Bell (RS SO) OR Vinny Anthony (SO)

Tight End

Starter: Hayden Rucci (SR)

Backup: Tucker Ashcraft (FR)

Left Tackle

Starter: Jack Nelson (RS JR)

Backup: Nolan Rucci (RS SO)

Left Guard

Starter: Joe Huber (RS JR)

Backup: Joe Brunner (RS FR)


Starter: Tanor Bortolini (RS JR)

Backup: Dylan Barrett (SO)

Right Guard

Starter: Michael Furtney (RS SR)

Backup: JP Benzschwael (RS SO)

Right Tackle

Starter: Riley Mahlman (RS SO)

Backup: Trey Wedig (RS JR)


Still noticeably absent from the Wisconsin football depth chart is center Jake Renfo, who is still recovering from injury but suited up against Purdue. The only other change for the Badgers offense is the inclusion of converted fullback Jackson Acker to the two-deep. He’ll assume the No. 2 running back role after Chez Mellusi suffered a season-ending injury.

Wisconsin Football Defensive Two-Deep Depth Chart 

Wisconsin Badgers football linebackers

Sep 9, 2023; Pullman, Washington, USA; Wisconsin Badgers linebacker Maema Njongmeta (55) and Wisconsin Badgers defensive end James Thompson Jr. (90) celebrate after a sack against the Washington State Cougars in the second half at Gesa Field at Martin Stadium. Washington State won 31-22. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Defensive End 

Starter: Rodas Johnson (RS SR)

Backup: Cade McDonald (RS JR)

Nose Tackle 

Starter: Gio Paez (RS SR)

Backup: Ben Barten (RS JR)

Defensive End 

Starter: James Thompson Jr. (RS JR)

Backup: Darian Varner (RS JR)

Outside Linebacker 

Starter: Darryl Peterson (RS JR)

Backup: Kaden Johnson (RS JR)

Middle Linebacker 

Starter: Jordan Turner (RS JR)

Backup: Tatum Grass (RS SR)

Middle Linebacker 

Starter: Maema Njongmeta (RS SR) OR Jake Chaney (JR)

Backup: Tatum Grass (RS SR)

Outside Linebacker 

Starter: C.J. Goetz (RS SR)

Backup: Jeff Pietrowski (RS JR)


Starter: Alexander Smith (RS SR)

Backup: Nyzier Fourqurean (JR)


Starter: Ricardo Hallman (RS SO)

Backup: Jonas Duclona (Fr)

Slot Corner 

Starter: Jason Maitre (RS SR)

Backup: Owen Arnett (RS SO)


Starter: Hunter Wohler (JR)

Backup: Preston Zachman (RS SO) OR Austin Brown (SO)


Starter: Kamo’i Latu (SR)

Backup: Travian Blaylock (RS SR)


After the Wisconsin Badgers football coaches essentially DNP’d inside linebacker Maema Njongmeta, he is no longer the stand-alone starter and is listed as a co-starter alongside Jake Chaney. It’s also notable to me that Preston Zachman isn’t formally a starter. However, he’s clearly become the second most dependable option among the Badgers safeties.

Special Teams Two-Deep Depth Chart 

Wisconsin Badgers football wide receiver Chimere Dike

Sep 16, 2023; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers wide receiver Chimere Dike (13) during the game against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


Starter: Atticus Bertrams (Fr)

Backup: Jack Van Dyke (JR)


Starter: Nathaniel Vakos (SO)

Backup: Nate Van Zelst (RS SO)


Starter: Jack Van Dyke (JR)

Backup: Gavin Lahm (SO)


Starter: Peter Bowden (RS SR)

Backup: Keane Bessert (FR)

Punt Returner

Starter: Chimere Dike (SR)

Backup: Will Pauling (RS SO)

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