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Wisconsin football: Mitchell tries to make impact

Published On: Apr 17 2013 05:07:39 PM CDT

Madison, Wis. -

The Badger football spring game is this Saturday and new head coach Gary Andersen isn't the only new face on the team. 

There's only one returning starter in the defensive secondary and one badger hopes a change in position will have big time results.

With a new coach in town, the badger football program continues to adapt to change. For redshirt freshman Reggie Mitchell change is all he has known

"The first day I got up here, they told me I was switching to safety so I can just taking it as it comes trying to learn the defense, I would have had to learn it at corner anyways so just trying to learn it and get better every day," said redshirt freshman Reggie Mitchell.

Mitchell was a high school quarterback in Pittsburgh but was moved to corner back when he got to Wisconsin then was switched to safety the first day of winter work outs.

"It's a challenge to get to a starting position and its another opportunity to get on the field," said Mitchell.

Under Andersen the badgers will play a different defense-a 3-4 alignment and there will be a lot of new faces in the secondary. Senior Dez Southward is the only returning starter in the secondary.

"Just make sure our game rises and that we are still competing at a high level those guys will learn, the same way I learned from Chris Maragos, Jay Valai, and they will learn from me. I  will just pass it down so I am just the old man of the group and whatever they need i will do," said Southward.

"We want to send a message that they were are physical and relentless  and we will come after you that is our main mentality. Coach Andersen looks out for us he always has us first in his mind and he's a players coach," said Mitchell.

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