Biadasz going pro, Cruickshank enters transfer portal

Center Tyler Biadasz announced this afternoon on Twitter that he will be foregoing his senior season in Madison to make himself eligible for the 2020 NFL Draft.

A three-year starter, Biadasz won the Remington Award this season. It goes to the top Center in the country. He was part of an offensive line that helped the Badgers finish 15th in the country in rushing in 2019 and earned first team All-Big Ten honors.

Biadasz joins running back Jonathan Taylor and wide receiver Quintez Cephus in declaring for the draft. It’s the first time Wisconsin has had three players leave early in the same year.

UW figures to move junior-to-be Kayden Lyles to replace Biadasz at center in 2020.

Wisconsin has lost another playmaker in Aron Cruickshank.

247Sports first reported the news that the wide receiver/kick returner Cruickshank has entered the NCAA’s transfer portal.

The move comes as a surprise considering Cruickshank had really taken off as a return man, taking two kickoffs back for touchdowns, as well as seeing an expanded role on offense, including some work as the quarterback in the wildcat.

Wide receiver coach Ted Gilmore did seem to believe after the Rose Bowl that Cruickshank would be around in the spring when he was asked about him.

“We need AC to take the next step,” Gilmore said. “He’s one of those that has to become more than just a situational guy.”

Cruickshank finishes his time in Madison with 189 rushing yards and two touchdowns, along with four catches for 40 yards. He also averaged 24.6 yards per return on 49 kickoffs with two scores.

His departure comes on the heels of Taylor and Cephus leaving early for the NFL for the position players on offense. The trio combined for 36 touchdowns this season. It does, however, leave an opening for several young wide receivers to step up, including Taj Mustapha and A.J. Abbott.

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