Specialist Blake Wilcox will not return to the University of Wisconsin football program next season.
Wilcox, who redshirted in 2019 after walking onto the team out of Kettle Moraine High School, was ranked as the No. 3 punter and No. 5 kicker in the nation by Kohl’s Kicking Camp before joining the Badgers.
Wilcox said in a direct message Tuesday that he had taken a leave of absence from the team in early February for personal matters. The COVID-19 pandemic wiped out spring practices for the Badgers and sent all UW student off campus, but Wilcox said he sent coaches videos of workouts and indicated he would be back with the team.
I sent them videos of workouts, me punting, and somehow they thought I wasn’t planning on coming back, Wilcox wrote. All things considered, I learned that things don’t always work out the way you planned. I’m in a better head space than I’ve ever been it, my grades this semester were great, and I’m ready to keep grinding.
UW officials were informed of Wilcox’s comments Tuesday evening, but did not have comment.
It’s possible UW coaches weren’t convinced that Wilcox was coming back and decided to go another direction.