No one forecast Bret Bielema’s bombshell in December when he announced he was accepting the football coaching job at Arkansas. After the dust settled, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez found a suitable successor in Gary Andersen.
With a new coaching staff comes a new philosophy and a different temperament. Mix in some varied schemes and alternative coaching techniques and there are bound to be a few surprises as the Badgers’ season unfolds.
With the Bielema departure a distant memory, it’s time to embark on a new chapter in Wisconsin football. Here are three players who will look to escape the shadows and become fixtures in the starting lineup this season.