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Badgers Reflect on Aranda, But Embrace Wilcox

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There is no question the defensive side of the ball was a commanding force for the Badgers a year ago. This season has unknowns, a few new faces including a new defensive coordinator in Justin Wilcox.

The bar was set by the defensive coordinator before Wilcox, Dave Aranda now with LSU, who the Badgers play in less then a week.

"Now that you mention it, it's going to be exciting playing against my old coach. I've got a lot of respect for Coach Aranda,  I just want to show him what he is missing out on." Said Badgers junior cornerback Derrick Tindal.

"It will be fun to see Coach Aranda again, to see that Coach Aranda smile." Said sophomore linebacker T.J. Edwards. "He's on LSU now, he's on another team so it's another game."

Their coaching styles appear to be opposites. Aranda with a calm approach, where Coach Wilcox is hands on and in your face.

"We have had an awesome spring with Coach Cox, and we have had an awesome fall camp with him." Said senior linebacker Vince Biegel. "With the departure of Dave Aranda, I think Coach Chryst has hired a great guy in Justin Wilcox."

Junior linebacker Jack Cichy said "a lot of the situational play calls will be different, but it's the same conceptual defense so it's been a pretty easy transition for us."

"It's one thing to come out and fire it up in the first day, it's another to be doing it on practice 18, 19, 20 and 21." Said Wilcox. "I'm excited about the group, They have done a heck of a job. We have to keep working on the details so we can preform at our best."

For the third straight season the Badgers open with an SEC team. This time it's LSU once again, who come in with one of the best running backs in the country in Leonard Fournette.

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