Wisconsin Football: Grading Every New Starter's Week 1 Performance

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Wisconsin Football: Grading Every New Starter's Week 1 Performance
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When Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen said he was going to do a lot of substituting during the Badgers' Week 1 opener against Massachusetts, he wasn't kidding.

Even before Wisconsin began to run away from the Minutemen in the second half, far more than 22 players saw the field, especially when it came to the defense. At times, Andersen would solely use linebackers to rush the passer without any defensive linemen in the game.

It's rather difficult to classify some as starters and others as substitutes because of the way Andersen used his personnel on defense, but going off the depth chart and who saw the field first, we've determined there were eight new starters for the Badgers on Saturday.

Based on each player's performance in Wisconsin's 45-0 thrashing of UMass, we'll hand out grades to the new Badgers starters.

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