Wisconsin projected starter at free safety transfers to Pitt

Wisconsin projected starter at free safety transfers to Pitt

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]isconsin already lost three of four starters in last season’s secondary to graduation, now the Badgers lost one of a projected starter to transfer.

Reggie Mitchell, Wisconsin’s projected starter at free safety, has been granted a release and is expected to transfer to Pitt. The news was first reported by Pittsburgh’s WPXI-TV.

Mitchell is a redshirt freshman and a Pittsburgh native. He was recruited to Wisconsin by former Badgers tight ends coach Joe Rudolph, now the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator under Paul Chryst at Pitt.

The 6-foot, 183-pound Mitchell, a former high school quarterback, was recruited as a cornerback but moved to safety this spring. He worked as the No. 1 free safety most of the spring, and drew praise from the coaches.

Senior Dezmen Southward is the lone returning starter in the Wisconsin secondary. He moved to strong safety this spring after playing free safety last season.

The leading candidates to replace Mitchell are junior Michael Trotter, who started three games last season, and Donnell Vercher, junior college transfer.

Junior Jeff Lewis, who was the No. 3 tailback in the spring, is also expected to move to safety to help with the depth.

Senior Kyle Zuleger, also a former running back, moved to safety in the spring and impressed the coaches.

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