Badgers Bye Week Report Card - Wisconsin Specialists

Badgers Bye Week Report Card - Wisconsin Specialists

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Badgers Bye Week Report Card - Wisconsin Specialists

The Positives

With Wisconsin returning its field goal kicker, kickoff specialist, punter, and long snapper from a season ago, it was expected that the Badgers would field one of the best special teams units in the country. That has been mostly the case through four games. Rafael Gaglianone has only attempted four field goals this year – making attempts from 42, 39, and 26 yards but missing a significant game-tying field goal against BYU. Redshirt junior Zach Hintze is handling kickoffs for a second consecutive year and has registered 21 touchbacks on his 24 kickoffs (87.5 percent), which ranks sixth nationally.

Anthony Lotti has averaged 40.2 yards per punt, has yet to register a punt that resulted in a touchback, and have forced eight fair catches. Additionally, Lotti has been able to consistently pin Wisconsin’s opponents inside the 20-yard line, as 10 of his 16 punts have been pinned inside the 20. In particular, Lotti came up big and was an asset to Wisconsin’s defense against Iowa, putting five of his seven punts inside the Hawkeyes’ 20-yard line. Connor Allen, Lotti’s backup, has yet to punt this year after punting four times a year ago, but he has shown no problems as the holder for field goals and extra points. The same goes for long snapper Adam Bay. Bay has yet to have a poor snap this season, as his play has contributed to both Gaglianone and Lotti’s success this season.

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