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With only six returning starters, two starters out with injury, three players changing positions and two new assistants, this spring is just as important for Defensive Coordinator Dave Doeren to get adjusted as it is for his players.

MADISON - If Paul Chryst felt the offense was nowhere where it needed to be even with 10 returning starters, imagine how Dave Doeren must be feeling. With only six returning starters on defense and two of them missing the spring due to injuries, the message is simple from Wisconsin's defensive coordinator: we need to get better and we have a long way to go. Wisconsin ranked 17th in the country...

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