This past Saturday, April 13th, the Wisconsin Badgers hosted Family Day at Camp Randall Stadium where parents and kids of all ages could come out and see a practice for free. We were able to get a couple of interviews from various defensive players on the team. Below we have the questions and responses as well as a brief overview of who the player is.
Scott is a Sophomore safety from Detroit, Michigan. He had a very successful season in 2017 playing in 9 games recording 41 tackles, which include 22 solo stops, 3.5 tackles for loss, and 1 forced fumble. He looks to build off his successful season and help the defense improve as a whole. He answers questions regarding that in this interview:
Eric is a Junior Safety from Severn, MD. He has played in all 27 games over the past two seasons. Last season he recorded 42 tackles (24 solo), 1 interception, 2 pass breakups, and 1 forced fumble. He came into Wisconsin as a four-star recruit and was red-shirted his freshman season. He had his first career interception in last season’s Pinstripe Bowl and looks to continue his success in 2019. Here is the interview with Eric:
The 6-7, 307-pound Jr defensive end from Kansas has played in 20 career games so far making 26 tackles (4 TFL), 2.5 sacks, and 4 pass breakups. Last season he missed 4 games due to injury but between a game against Purdue and a game against Minnesota on back to back weeks, he had recorded a combined 8 tackles. Loudermilk talks about how he sees the defense progressing and looking forward to the upcoming season with position battles coming up.
Heading into his Senior season, 6-3 225 pound outside linebacker Zach Baun looks to improve his team both on an off the field. Leadership is key for him this season as a captain. He had spent time the past season observing last season’s captains and the leadership traits they possess. Zach had a great season in 2018 starting all 13 games at OLB and was the third leading tackler on the team with 63 and had 37 tackles for loss. In addition, he racked up 2.5 sacks, a forced fumble, an interception, and 3 pass breakups. Considering he had missed all of 2017 with a foot injury, 2018 proved to be a great bounce-back year. Zach is confident and looks to improve upon his successful 2018.