This week Luke Fickell hired Devon Spalding. Devon grew up in Michigan then went to Central Michigan for college. At CMU he played running back and wide receiver. After he graduated in 2018, he took a graduate assistant position at Cincinnati under Luke Fickell. Since 2020, he has been the running backs coach at Youngstown State. Last year his running backs averaged 202 yards a game. The Badgers running backs coach was Al Johnson. Johnson was an all American center at Wisconsin.
Our running game this year wasn’t as effective as in past years. This could be caused by multiple factors. It might be because the Badgers running into nine men boxes or maybe it was our offensive line wasn’t as good. One thing for sure we could have used a running back coach who was a running back. I think Wisconsin Badger fans should see an improvement from Braelon and Chez this year.