Badgers Spring Roster springs a few surprises

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As the Wisconsin Badgers get spring practice underway, the program released its official roster on Wednesday morning. Like most years, it’s a glimpse in to what the coaching staff has been thinking about its roster over the offseason and what players may or may not be in their plans going forward. With that said, there were certainly a few surprising notes for the roster.

As the Wisconsin Badgers get spring practice underway, the program released its official roster on Wednesday morning.

Like most years, it’s a glimpse in to what the coaching staff has been thinking about its roster over the offseason and what players may or may not be in their plans going forward.

With that said, there were certainly a few surprising notes for the roster. That included position changes between multiple players on offense and defense as well as a move from wide receiver to running back for Isaac Gruenedo.

But, let’s look at the position changes first and foremost.

Players Who Switched from Defense to Offense:
Cormac Sampson, Fr. — came to UW as a defensive lineman but will move to the other side of the ball.

Aaron Vopal, So. — moving to offensive line after playing in 8 games as a defensive end last season. Recorded 2 tackles.

Players Who Switched from Offense to Defense:
Coy Warnner, So. — moving to defensive end from fullback.

Hunter Johnson, Fr. — moving to inside linebacker from running back

Players Who Are Switching Positions on Same Side of the Ball:
Seth Currens, Jr. — moving to inside linebacker from safety. Played in 13 games last season, recording 2 tackles.

Marty Strey, Fr. — moving to inside linebacker from outside linebacker

Griffin Grady, Jr. — moving to outside linebacker from inside linebacker. Played in 9 games last season, recording 6 tackles.

Isaac Guerendo, Fr. — moving to running back from wide receiver. He has also gone from 194 pounds to 208 as of spring practice.

Brady Schipper, Fr. — moving to running back from wide receiver

Nate Carter, Fr. — moving to tight end from quarterback

Players No Longer With the Program:
Mason Platter — outside linebacker

Jack Collinsworth — fullback

Paul Jackson — outside linebacker

Ethan Cesarz — inside linebacker

Kraig Howe — defensive end

Overall Thoughts:
Perhaps the most intriguing move is redshirt freshman Isaac Gruenedo to running back from wide receiver. He’s got the speed to make things interesting in the backfield and may be the athlete that could give a different look to the run game at times as he feels his way out at the position.

It’s also interesting to see both Vopal and Sampson make a move to the offensive line after both appeared to have a future on the defensive line. They join Kayden Lyles in making that move after playing roles on a depleted d-line last year.

I’m also intrigued to see what Currens and Grady can do with their position changes. It appeared both were stuck on the depth chart but also have a lot to offer this team. Grady seems to have the run-stopping ability that could be key to giving him a chance on the outside, while Currens adds some range to the inside linebacker group that could be useful on clear passing situations at the very least.

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