Wisconsin football 2021 projected defensive depth chart, summer edition

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Wisconsin’s 2020 defense played at a Big Ten-winning caliber, something we’ve grown accustomed to seeing recently under defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard.

Inside linebackers Leo Chenal and Jack Sanborn combined for a whopping 98 tackles, 2 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, 10 tackles-for-loss and 4 sacks. They’ll likely be back at an all-conference level when the season kicks off in September.

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Wisconsin football 2021 projected offensive depth chart, summer edition

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The secondary experienced some up-and-down performances, but the entire group returns minus Eric Burrell.

The only real question on the unit is what happens at defensive end with Isaiahh Loudermilk and Garrett Rand both gone to the NFL. There are many options to fill their shoes and recreate their impact, we just are yet to see who exactly those players will be.

Here is the summer edition of our depth chart projection for the 2021 Wisconsin Badgers:

Nose Tackle

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Starter: Keeanu Benton Backup: Bryson Williams

Defensive End 1

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Starter: Matt Henningsen Backup: Rodas Johnson, Cade McDonald

Defensive End 2

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Starter: Isaiah Mullens Backup: Isaac Townsend, James Thompson Jr.

Outside Linebacker 1

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Starter: Nick Herbig Backup: Spencer Lytle, Kaden Johnson, T.J. Bollers

Outside Linebacker 2

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Starter: Noah Burks Backup: Izayah Green-May, C.J. Goetz, Aaron Witt

Inside Linebacker 1

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Starter: Jack Sanborn Backup: Mike Maskalunas, Malik Reed

Inside Linebacker 2

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Starter: Leo Chenal Backup: Tatum Grass, Maema Njongmeta

Cornerback (Outside 1)

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Starter: Caesar Williams Backup: Deron Harrell

Cornerback (Outside 2)

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Starter: Faion Hicks Backup: Semar Melvin, Alexander Smith

Cornerback (Slot)

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Starter: Donte Burton Backup: Dean Engram

Strong Safety

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Starter: Scott Nelson Backup: Titus Toler, John Torchio

Free Safety

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Starter: Collin Wilder Backup: Travian Blaylock, Hunter Wohler

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