Open Jim: Should Badgers football fans be alarmed by the number of players leaving the program? | College football

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I think players like Chandler and Lyles are simply trying to overcome the rush of post-season transfers. They walk in front of the queue hoping to find a place to play before the seats are gone.

But again, this transfer situation is worth monitoring.

UW made a surprising addition on Tuesday when Michigan State cornerback Kalon Gervin announced he will join the Badgers next season as a candidate transfer. It adds some much-needed experience to a position where UW will have to replace starters Faion Hicks and Caesar Williams.

Considering that the Badger is down three backwards from where they started the season, it is a position I would like to see addressed either in the preparatory rows or on the transfer portal. Jaydn Ott, a four-star prospect from California, visited UW earlier this month, but the Badgers would have to beat four Pac-12 programs – Oregon, Cal, Colorado and Arizona – to get him.

Getting a tailback from the transfer portal will not be easy in my opinion because playing time will be limited to a position that includes Braelon Allen and Chez Mellusi unless Mellusi decides to go early and take a shot at the NFL draft. So UW is in a strange place: It needs to add depth, but it’s not an attractive landing place for a tailback who wants carries right away.


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