Wisconsin punter Blake Wilcox was planning to compete for the starting job for the upcoming season. Instead, he appears to be looking for a home with another football program.
According to a report from Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wilcox was surprised to learn earlier this month that he no longer had a roster spot for the 2020 season. The punter said he didn’t really have a say in the matter.
“It wasn’t my choice at all,” Wilcox told Potrykus. “I think it wasn’t a good representation of the program on their end.”
Wilcox joined the Wisconsin football program in 2019 as a walk-on. He redshirted last year and had previously been included on the team’s spring football roster. In January, Wilcox took a leave of absence from the team which lasted around three weeks. However, he insisted that he kept in contact with the staff while he was away.
According to the story, Wilcox was notified on May 15 that he would not have a spot on the roster.
The punter says he may enter the NCAA transfer portal to explore his options to continue his football career. However, he also stated that he could still remain in Madison to pursue his degree in business.
“I’d like to keep playing football but we’ll see,” Wilcox said. “Academics will get me a lot further than athletics will and UW is a great school.”
Wisconsin finished the 2019 season with a 10-4 record, making an appearance in the B1G Championship Game and Rose Bowl. The Badgers are scheduled to begin the 2020 season against Indiana.