Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Jack Russell is the field goal kicker
University of Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema released on Monday the first depth chart since the end of the 2011 season.
The biggest surprise is freshman kicker Jack Russell, from Waunakee High School, will handle field goals and extra points, while sophomore Kyle French will handle kickoffs. Coming into preseason camp, the opposite was expected.
Russell, who only kicked for two years in high school, won the field-goal job when French struggled at the end of last week.
The next biggest surprise is that redshirt freshman Derek Watt, who moved from middle linebacker to fullback a week ago, is listed as the co-starter along with sophomore Sherard Cadogan.
As expected, redshirt freshman Jordan Fredrick, from Madison Memorial, is one of three starting receivers listed on offense. The depth chart lists 13 starters on offense and 14 players overall, counting co-starters at fullback.
Junior Jared Abbrederis is a returning starter at wide receiver; also listed is sophomore Kenzel Doe. Based on recent practices, Doe will play the slot when UW goes to three receivers.
Let's hope he makes every kick.