Eric Burrell Will Start Against Michigan

Eric Burrell Will Start Against Michigan

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Eric Burrell Will Start Against Michigan

MADISON, Wis. – A young secondary will get a makeover on Saturday night, as redshirt sophomore Eric Burrell will make his first career start when No.15 Wisconsin travels to No.12 Michigan.

Head coach Paul Chryst announced the news Monday morning, not a shocking development with redshirt freshman Scott Nelson having to sit out the first half of Saturday’s game because of a targeting penalty that occurred in the third quarter of Wisconsin’s 41-24 win over Nebraska last Saturday.

Burrell took over for Nelson after he was ejected and finished with two tackles and a pass breakup.

A third-year player who redshirted his first season at Wisconsin, Burrell has played in all 19 games the last two seasons. After recording six tackles, including 4 solo stops, and one pass breakup last season, Burrell has eight tackles and a forced fumble in five games this season.

Having started all five games this season, Nelson has 25 tackles, a forced fumble, an interception and contributes on special teams, increasing the loss felt of his absence.

“It certainly affects us defensively, and also Scott did some things on special teams,” Chryst said Monday. “So a number of people will have to step in and step up while he can’t go on that. That happens a lot in the season. That’s why we talk all the time, you just got to continue to work and opportunities will come. You don’t know how, and yet it’s a pretty good bet that your opportunities will come, and you want to make sure that you’ve worked and prepared since you’re ready for that.”

“That’s why I feel good about Eric. Eric’s done that. Eric, he hasn’t had a lot of snaps at safety but has been working and been around, so he needs to have a great week of prep this week. But he’s ready for this opportunity.”

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