The transfer season has started, and one Wisconsin Badgers linebacker won’t be returning to Bucky in 2024. After four years with Wisconsin football, Ross Gengler announced on social media that he would enter the transfer portal for the final two years of his eligibility.
Forever thankful pic.twitter.com/rIf6oNAk1j
— Ross Gengler (@Ross_Gengler6) December 1, 2023
“I am forever grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Wisconsin Badger Football program for the past four years. Thank you to Coach Chryst, Coach Leonhard, Coach Haering, Coach Fickell, and Coach Mitchell for giving me an opportunity to play for a team that I have not only watched growing up but dreamed of playing for in Camp Randall. To my teammates, thank you for the memories that I will carry with me for a lifetime. With that being said, I have decided to enter the transfer portal in pursuit of my next opportunity.”
Stability for the Wisconsin Badgers
Ross Gengler wasn’t a big piece for the Wisconsin Badgers, but he does leave them amidst a time when their outside linebacker group remains mostly intact. Gengler redshirted his 2020 season, didn’t play in any games for Wisconsin football in 2021, and made his first appearances on special teams in 2022 during eight different games. This season, he only appeared in one game against Nebraska.
Gengler leaves the Wisconsin Badgers with their outside linebacker corps mostly intact, where he didn’t find any playing time this season and may find more at a different school. C.J. Goetz, Darryl Peterson, T.J. Bollers, and Kaden Johnson all have eligibility remaining and are expected to stay with the Wisconsin Badgers for the future.
The outside linebacker was a walk-on for the Badgers, after enjoying a great high school career at Delavan High School in Wisconsin. He had a handful of Division II and III offers but he decided to head to Wisconsin where he was a two time Academic All-Big Ten recipient.
As the bowl season approaches and the transfer portal activity intensifies, changes are on the horizon for many teams, including the Wisconsin Badgers. The Badgers’ roster for the 2024 season could see some notable shifts as the team adapts to the evolving college football landscape and looks to add under the second year of head coach Luke Fickell.