Wisconsin tailback rotation starting to take shape after sluggish 2015 season
If everyone can stay healthy, the Wisconsin tailback rotation could be among the best in the Big Ten.
That rotation is starting to take shape, according to Andy Baggot of UWBadgers.com. Baggot reported Wednesday that sophomore Taiwan Deal is currently next up on the depth chart behind senior Corey Clement. That means former walk-on Dare Ogunbowale, a senior who led the team in rushing in 2015, is now third in the pecking order.
Clement and Deal both struggled with injuries last season. After nearly reaching 1,000 yards while apprenticing under Melvin Gordon in 2014, Clement was expected to be the next running back to take his star turn for Wisconsin. He played in only four games and managed 221 yards on 48 carries.
Deal was a 3-star prospect from Washington, D.C.-area powerhouse DeMatha High School and expected to supplement Clement, but he missed three games and finished with 503 yards. Ogunbowale led the Badgers with 819 yards, but none of the three managed more than 4.6 yards per carry.
It was only the third time since 1993 that Wisconsin did not have someone reach 1,000 rushing yards, and the first season since 2004.