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Wisconsin Football Releases Depth Chart for Primetime Matchup vs. Ohio State

Here’s a look at the Wisconsin football two-deep heading into its Week 9 matchup vs. Ohio State.



Wisconsin Badgers football head coach Luke Fickell talks to his players on the sideline
Oct 21, 2023; Champaign, Illinois, USA; Wisconsin Badgers head coach Luke Fickell with his players during the first half against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Madison, Wis. — Luke Fickell and the Wisconsin Badgers football team (5-2, 2-1 B1G) officially released their two-deep depth chart ahead of its week nine home matchup against Ohio State on Saturday, October 28. 

Here is a look at where things stand for the Badgers heading into Week 9. 

Wisconsin Football Offensive Two-Deep Depth Chart 

Wisconsin Badgers wide receiver Chimere Dike

Oct 21, 2023; Champaign, Illinois, USA; Wisconsin Badgers players celebrate a touchdown during the second half against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports


Starter: Braedyn Locke (RS FR)

Backup: Myles Burkett (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)


No changes on offense for the Wisconsin football team heading into their primetime matchup vs. Ohio State on Saturday. I was hoping Jake Renfo might appear in the two-deep for the Badgers at center, but that’s more of a formality than anything.

Also, after announcing that Myles Burkett and Nick Evers would be competing for the No. 2 quarterback role, it appears that Wisconsin hasn’t seen enough to warrant a change at the position.

Wisconsin Football Defensive Two-Deep Depth Chart 

Wisconsin Badgers football safety Hunter Wohler makes a tackle against Illinois

Oct 21, 2023; Champaign, Illinois, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini running back Kaden Feagin (3) is brought down by Wisconsin Badgers safety Kamo’i Latu (13) and safety Hunter Wohler (24) during the first half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Johnson-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: Jake Chaney (JR)

Backup: Tatum Grass (RS SR)

Middle Linebacker 

Starter: Maema Njongmeta (RS SR) OR Jordan Turner (RS 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)


The big change on the Wisconsin football depth chart this week is team captain, and lately, backup inside linebacker Maema Njongmeta as the first listed option at ILB over Jordan Turner.

Njongmeta earned the start at linebacker this past week because Turner was injured, and he put together a damn good performance against Illinois. Given Turner’s tackling issues, I’m not surprised to see the Badgers defense at least considering giving him an uptick in playing time.

Special Teams Two-Deep Depth Chart 

Wisconsin Badgers football punter Atticus Bertrams

Wisconsin punter Atticus Bertrams (49) punts for 42 yds during the second quarter of the game against Buffalo on Saturday September 2, 2023 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis.


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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