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Wisconsin Football Staff Impressed by Transfer Cornerback in Fall Camp

Wisconsin football head coach Luke Fickell spoke highly of an offseason transfer portal addition at cornerback.



Wisconsin Football; Badgers head coach Luke Fickell talks to the media.
Wisconsin Badgers head coach Luke Fickell answers questions during Wisconsin Badgers football media day at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2023.

When Wisconsin football wrapped up spring football practice — they left feeling good about their top three options at cornerback: Alexander Smith, Ricardo Hallman, and Jason Maitre

But the question marks behind them was more than a true Big Ten title contender would like to have — so the Badgers went portaling. UW came away with former D2 All-American Nyzier Fourqurean from Grand Valley State

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound CB is coming off a sophomore season where he registered 28 tackles, 14 pass deflections, and four interceptions. Fourqurean has multiple years of eligibility and has already positioned himself to hold down a spot in the two-deep playing on the boundary behind Smith and Hallman. 

Wisconsin Football HC Luke Fickell Spoke Highly of Nyzier Fourqurean

Nyzier Fourqurean’s development and ability to hold his own on the field this fall will be critically important because of the inexperienced options behind him — such as Jonas Duclona and Jace Arnold.

If all goes well, he can be a viable option for Wisconsin football as a rotational piece this season — and Fourqurean could be an option to start when Smith graduates. And the Badgers coaching staff clearly likes what they’ve seen thus far in fall camp.

“Physically, I just like him as a guy that’s got some length,” Fickell told reporters. “He’s a guy that probably could play a bunch of different positions: corner, nickel, and possibly safety. But those guys that come in that don’t have as much time with us to even do the OTAs or even spring ball; it’s hard to move them around a couple of positions.”

He was an obvious fit from a height and length standpoint — but the interesting nugget from that quote was the mention of Fourqurean possibly being able to play nickel. Because as it stands, there are serious question marks on the depth chart on who would fill that role if Jason Maitre went down with an injury. Walk-on safety Owen Arnett has seen time in the slot during camp — and Max Lofy hasn’t returned from injury — so I’ll definitely have an eye on him as someone who could boost their stock in a major way between now and September 2.

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