With one week left of spring camp, BadgerBlitz.com ranks Wisconsin's positional concerns from top to bottom heading into the fall.
Spring Camp Areas of Concern
The sample size hasn't been huge but at the same time, the results haven't been great at quarterback this spring. Joel Stave appears to be slightly ahead of last year's backup, Joe Brennan, Curt Phillips (knee) has been limited and Jon Budmayr (arm) out indefinitely. It's early, but all signs point to Danny O'Brien in 2012.
Special teams has flown quietly under the radar this spring but the unit will have to replace its starting punter, kicker and long snapper from 2011. Kyle French has experience at kicker but Drew Meyer is an unknown at punter. James McGuire will likely handle the snapping duties. The Badgers were a bit spoiled last year with seniors controlling all three facets.
Bradie Ewing left big shoes to fill and Sherard Cadogan and Derek Straus are the only two fullbacks on the spring roster. Cadogan is an athletic option who can catch the ball out of the backfield. He'll dictate playing time with his ability to excel in the run game, however. Look for more two tight ends sets in 2012 based on personnel.
*Ricky Wagner *Ryan Groy *Travis Frederick *Casey Dehn *Rob Havenstein
Wisconsin really has three starters in Ethan Hemer, Jordan Kohout and Beau Allen, all of whom played a significant role last fall. And for the second year in a row, depth doesn't appear to be an issue with Bryce Gilbert and Warren Herring, a converted end, playing well this spring. Of the five, Allen, a junior, could be poised for a big season.
Wisconsin's backfield can stack up against any team in country. Montee Ball will start the season as a Heisman candidate and wrinkles are being added to get more reps for backup James White. Melvin Gordon and Jeffrey Lewis are more than capable of contributing this season, while Vonte Jackson will likely be allowed to redshirt during his first year at UW.