Two Badgers defenders enter the transfer portal
The Wisconsin Badgers are certainly expected to have many faces change from this year to the next. Change, after all, is what Wisconsin wanted when they hired head coach Luke Fickell from Cincinnati. Starting quarterback Graham Mertz announced he’d be entering the transfer portal on Sunday. Subsequently, On Monday morning, two Badgers defenders, Titus Toler and Tristan Monday, signaled they’d be looking to play college football elsewhere.
Badgers safety Titus Toler, a redshirt junior, stated on Twitter he was entering the transfer portal. Toler consequently thanked the former staff and his current Badgers teammates:
“I would like to start off by thanking all of my coaches, trainers, and the program as whole for shaping who I am as a player as well as a person.
I would specifically like to thank Coach Chryst, Coach Leonard, and the whole strength staff for always pushing me to be better on and off the field.
I would especially like to thank my teammates who have supported me through all of the ups and the downs and have shown me what it means to be a part of a true brotherhood and family.
With all of this being said, I will be entering the transfer portal with three years of eligibility.”
Toler appeared in seven games for the Badgers in his career at Wisconsin. He consequently leaves with seven total tackles and one interception from the 2020 season.
Freshman defensive lineman Tristan Monday announced on Twitter that he is entering the transfer portal. The Badgers defender thanked the coaching staff in his statement and said he decided after speaking with family.
“First, I would like to thank all of the players, Coach’s, and staff for the opportunity to
compete and grow both academically and Athletically at the University of Wisconsin.
will always be great full for the friendships I made in my short time here. With that being
said, after conversations with my family and the people closest to me in my life I have
decided to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal. I will have 4 years of remaining eligibility.”
— Tristan Monday (@monday_tristan) December 5, 2022
Monday has no stats for the Badgers.
The two Badgers defenders are not likely to be the last Wisconsin players to scope out interest at other schools. We expect to see more movement in the transfer portal in the coming days. It’ll be interesting to see who the Badgers will bring in to replace these two players.
Every D-1 school has over 100 players that suit up for games, of which well over 60% never play regularly, much less at all.
Most of the Badgers leaving are out of eligibility, entering NFL draft, or like the two players you covered, will most likely be playing at a lower college level next season. This has been happening for decades in college ball, but now because of the “portal,” gets magnified due to the 24-hour sports news cycle that needs to fed.
Do you honestly think any Badger fans are going to miss Graham Mertz?
Much continued success!