We are now in the Luke Fickell era at Wisconsin. After a 24-17 win in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl last night, it’s time to look at what Wisconsin’s 2023 offense will look like. It will now be under the direction of new offensive coordinator Phil Longo, with his first step deciding between Chase Wolf off a bowl victory or freshman Nick Evers.
Predicting The Starting Offense
- Quarterback- Nick Evers OR Chase Wolf
- Running Back- Braelon Allen (Chez Mellusi 1B)
- Fullback- Jackson Acker
- Wide Receiver- Chimere Dike, Skyler Bell, Keontez Lewis
- Tight End- Clay Cundiff
- Tackles- Jack Nelson and Riley Mahlman
- Guards- Michael Furtney and Trey Wedig
- Center- Tanor Bortolini
I’m not quite ready to pencil in Nick Evers as the starting quarterback in 2023. With Chase Wolf announcing last night he would come back for the sixth year, Luke Fickell now has a quarterback with in-game experience, and he’s seen him play live. There’s no doubt there will be a competition in spring and fall camp between Nick Evers and Chase Wolf.
I like Tanor Bortolini at center because if the Badgers want to have their best five offensive linemen on the field, you must include Trey Wedig and Michael Furtney. After Furtney announced he would come back after initially entering the transfer portal, it shakes up the line a little bit. Bortolini has a ton of experience at center, and I don’t think Wisconsin loses much with that move.
I like where the backs and receivers currently are. This is a talented group that should be one of the better units in the Big Ten West in 2023.
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