Royston Out, Spitz In

Tuesday was an interesting day for the Wisconsin football team, as the Badgers add fullback Sam Spitz to their roster in the fall and grant the transfer request of defensive back Kim Royston.

MADISON - Sam Spitz, a fullback from Chicago, has been admitted to the University of Wisconsin and will join the Badger football program in the fall, head coach Bret Bielema announced Thursday.

Spitz, 6-foot-1 and 245 pounds, will graduate this spring from Whitney Young Magnet High School, where he earned three football and two baseball letters. A two-year team captain for the football team, Spitz was a two-way starter and three-time all-conference selection. He earned all-city and all-Public League honors in 2007 as he led his team to the best record (9-0) in school history.

Spitz was coached by Tim Franken at Whitney Young, where he was a six-time "Principal's Scholar" and seven-time honor roll student. Spitz also was a starting pitcher with the varsity baseball team as a freshman and sophomore.

Kim Royston, who was heading into his junior year with the Badger football team, has chosen to leave the program, head coach Bret Bielema also announced Thursday.

"I know Kim wanted to be in a starting role for us, but that wasn't the position he was in at this time," Bielema said. "I wish him the best."

Royston, a defensive back, played in 25 career games for the Badgers. His career statistical totals included 22 tackles and one interception.

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