April 20, 2007

Spring Storyline 2: Safeties

Looking for scenarios to pay attention to during Saturday's spring game at Camp Randall Stadium? Today, BadgerBlitz.com brings you five storylines that have developed during the spring, continuing on with the safety situation. Obviously several other storylines have developed throughout the spring, but the five you read today are a handful of scenarios this site finds important to look out for during the spring game.

When the eligibility of four safeties - Roderick Rogers, Joe Stellmacher, Zach Hampton and Johnny White - expired after the Capital One Bowl on Jan .1, everyone from the Wisconsin Badgers coaching staff, players, fans and even recruits knew there would be a battle in the back end brewing this spring.

Five players entered the battle and four have survived, as sophomores Shane Carter (FS), Aubrey Pleasant (SS) and Kim Royston (FS) and redshirt freshman Jay Valai (SS) have solidified the spring two-deep at safety, while true freshman Quincy Landingham (SS) has settled into a reserve role and will most likely see most of his minutes on special teams this fall.

A lot can change in the fall, however, especially with three other defensive backs - Mario Goins, Aaron Henry and Otis Merrill - joining Landingham in the fall as Class of 2007 representatives.

But this is the spring, so we'll stick with where things are heading into Saturday's 3 p.m. spring game at Camp Randall Stadium.

Watching spring practice you might assume that Carter and Pleasant are the first team safeties, but comments made by head coach Bret Bielema earlier this week have everyone saying, "Wait a minute."

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