CHICAGO -- Questions abound at this stage of the college football season, and Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen is no different than many fans in his desire to find some answers about his team. Who will play quarterback? Who will start opposite Michael Caputo at safety? Who will emerge as a third running back behind Melvin Gordon and Corey Clement to provide his stars some relief?
But Andersen's biggest question mark entering the season is more broad-based, at least for the time being: How will the youth on his team handle the grind of Big Ten football? And which of those young players will develop into viable candidates to help the team this year?
"We don't need 15 of them to play, but we need to rely on a few of those kids," Andersen said Monday during the Big Ten media days.
The official Wisconsin roster features 108 players and is composed of 30 freshmen, 15 redshirt freshmen, seven sophomores and 15 redshirt sophomores. Underclassmen, then, will make up 62 percent of the roster.