August 4, 2006

Fall camp preview: Defensive backs

MADISON, Wis. - Today, BadgerBlitz.com continues looking at the Wisconsin Badgers football team position-by-position heading into fall camp. The Badgers report to camp on Aug. 6.

In this edition of the fall preview series we feature the defensive backs, a group that looks to be another strong area of the defense if they can stay healthy. The depth of this unit is a little shaky, but up top it has potential All-Big Ten performers.

Needless to say at this point, the defense should be very tough in Madison this season. The defensive backs combined with an awesome front line and linebackers will win the Badgers some games this year, and ultimately keep them in the winner's column early in the season while the offense gels together.

The defensive backs have a new position coach this season in Kerry Cooks, who coached the secondary at rival Minnesota last season. Cooks inherits a talented and experienced group of starters in 2006.

Here is a look at the secondary.

STARTERS ...

CBJack Ikegwuonu (6-foot-1, 203-pound Sophomore)

Ikegwuonu is primed for a stellar sophomore season after a strong finish in 2005. Last season, he tied for the team-lead with three interceptions, which also ranked fifth in the Big Ten. What makes Ikegwuonu an interesting talent is his combination of size and speed. He moves very well for a guy his size which allows him to close in on defenders and nab the ball. He has a chance to be a team-leader in interceptions again this season and that could very well lead to some Big Ten recognition at season's end.

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