Who is starting on defense for Wisconsin at Ohio State?




 

Big Ten play is here for the 2022 Wisconsin Badgers, and there is no tougher test than their first one. On Saturday night, Wisconsin will line up against Ohio State in primetime from Columbus.

What will the Wisconsin defense look like on Saturday night? In terms of what needs to happen, the recipe is simple. Execution will be a lot harder. Wisconsin has to force C.J. Stroud to think about pressure while doing a good enough job in one-on-one battles in the secondary. This is arguably the best wide receivers room in the country, and a new-look Wisconsin secondary has to play their best football of the season.

Here is a look at the Week 4 defensive depth chart:

 

Starting Defensive End: Isaiah Mullens (RS SR) & Rodas Johnson (RS JR)

 

Credit: Wisconsin Athletics

Backup Defensive End: James Thompson Jr. (RS SO) & Cade McDonald (RS SO)

 

Wisconsin defensive end James Thompson Jr. (90) goes through a drill at practice Friday, August 13, 2021, at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin.

Starting Nose Tackle: Keeanu Benton (SR)

 

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 27: Keeanu Benton #95 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates after recording a sack against Tanner Morgan #2 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers (not pictured) in the second quarter of the game at Huntington Bank Stadium on November 27, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)

Backup Nose Tackle: Gio Paez

 

Wisconsin cornerback James Williams (24) and defensive end Gio Paez (51) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

Starting Outside Linebacker: Nick Herbig (JR) & C.J. Goetz (RS SR)

 

Sep 17, 2022; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers linebacker Nick Herbig (19) reacts following a sack during the second quarter against the New Mexico State Aggies at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Backup Outside Linebacker: Kaden Johnson (RS SO) & Darryl Peterson (RS FR)

 

Sep 17, 2022; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers linebacker Darryl Peterson (17) defends New Mexico State Aggies quarterback Diego Pavia (10) during the second quarter at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Starting Inside Linebacker: Jordan Turner (RS SO) & Maema Njongmeta (RS JR)

 

Wisconsin Badgers linebackers Jordan Turner (54) and Maema Njongmeta (55) run through drills during the University of Wisconsin spring football practice at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison on Thursday.

Backup Inside Linebacker: Tate Grass (RS JR) & Jake Chaney (SO)

 

Lehigh Senior High School hosted an Early Signing Day ceremony where senior cornerback Omarion Cooper signed with Florida State and senior linebacker Jake Chaney signed with the University of Wisconsin. Cooper held his son, Omarion Cooper Jr. during the signing. Credit: Andrea Melendez/The News-Press/USA Today-Imagn Content Services, LLC

Starting Cornerback: Jay Shaw (6-yr SR) & Alexander Smith (RS SR)

 

Oct 30, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; UCLA Bruins defensive back Jay Shaw (1) defends a pass for Utah Utes wide receiver Devaughn Vele (17) during the third quarter at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

Backup Cornerback: Semar Melvin (RS JR) & Ricardo Hallman (RS FR)

 

Sep 10, 2022; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers cornerback Ricardo Hallman (2) celebrates with cornerback Max Lofy (12) following an interception during the first quarter against the Washington State Cougars at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Starting Nickel: Cedric Dort (6th-year SR)

 

Sep 3, 2022; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Illinois State Redbirds wide receiver J'Kalon Carter (2) rushes with the football as Wisconsin Badgers cornerback Cedrick Dort Jr. (5) defends during the first quarter at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Backup Nickle: Justin Clark (7th-year SR)

 

Sep 23, 2017; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Lawrence Cager (18) can not make the catch against the defense of Toledo Rockets cornerback Justin Clark (24) during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Starting Free Safety: Kaom'i Latu (RS JR)

 

Utah Utes safety Kamo'i Latu (13) lines up on defense during an NCAA football game on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021 in Provo, Utah. (AP Photo/Tyler Tate)

Backup Free Safety: Preston Zachman (RS SO)

 

MADISON, WISCONSIN - SEPTEMBER 03: Preston Zachman #14 of the Wisconsin Badgers intercepts a pass in the fourth quarter against the Illinois State Redbirds at Camp Randall Stadium on September 03, 2022 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)

Starting Strong Safety: John Torchio (RS SR)

 

Sep 10, 2022; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers safety John Torchio (15) breaks up the pass intended for Washington State Cougars wide receiver Renard Bell (9) during the third quarter at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Backup Strong Safety: Titus Toler

Story originally appeared on Badgers Wire

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