MADISON, Wis. - As expected, Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema released his depth chart for the season opener Thursday morning. And, following a hotly contested quarterback battle throughout fall camp, Bielema has gone with Scott Tolzien or Curt Phillips as his starter.
It is likely Tolzien will be the first quarterback under center when the Badgers play Northern Illinois, but as the OR on the depth chart indicates, Phillips will see plenty of action throughout the year.
Dustin Sherer rounds out the quarterback group as the third player listed on the depth chart. Interestingly, freshman Jon Budmayr is not on the depth chart indicating a likely redshirt season.
At running back, Zach Brown is listed above John Clay, but like the quarterback position, an or separates the two. It is likely Brown and Clay will split carries throughout the season as the No. 1 and 2 running backs. Behind them, freshman Montee Ball or Erik Smith round our the group.
Closing out the backfield, sophomore Bradie Ewing is the listed starter at fullback with Sam Spitz behind him.
Otherwise, Louis Nzegwu will spell Schofield while Anthony Mains does the same for Watt. Brendan Kelly who many believed would be in the two-deep is recovering from a groin injury. That is likely kept him out of the two-deep.
The back up tackles are Dan Cascone and in a bit of a surprise Jordan Hein, a former wrestler turned football player.