Brady Schipper, a 2018 Stoughton High School graduate, has had the chance to play a more prominent role with the University of Wisconsin football team the past few weeks.
Schipper, a UW junior running back, has rushed for 81 yards on 18 carries this season, good for 4.5 yards per carry. He also has two receptions for 14 yards this season.
Schipper saw his playing time increase after three of the seven players that have left the Badgers’ program were running backs. Sophomore Jalen Berger, freshmen Antwan Roberts and Loyal Crawford entered the transfer portal. That thrust Schipper into a bigger role. He had a season-high 36 rushing yards on six carries in the Badgers’ 24-0 win over Illinois on Saturday, Oct. 9, in Champaign. In a 30-13 win over Purdue, Oct. 23, Schipper rushed for 12 yards on three carries.
Wisconsin (5-3, 3-2 Big Ten West) has won four straight games and is coming off a 27-7 win over No. 9-ranked Iowa. Wisconsin trails Minnesota (4-1) by one game in the Big Ten West Division with four games left. The Badgers will close the regular season at Minnesota Nov. 27.
Schipper was named honorable mention all-state as a senior for the Vikings in 2018 after rushing for 1,975 yards and 27 total touchdowns. He rushed for 3,975 yards and scored 48 touchdowns in his Stoughton career.
Schipper made his UW debut against Rutgers on Nov. 3, 2018. He also played in the Pinstripe Bowl against Miami on Dec. 27, 2018, serving as a backup to running backs Jonathan Taylor and Garrett Groshek.
Schipper is one of three players on the Badgers from Stoughton. The others are redshirt freshman offensive lineman Jack Nelson and junior Jordan DiBendetto. Next season, the Stoughton trio will be joined by Jack’s younger brother, Barrett Nelson, another offensive lineman.