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MADISON – Wisconsin defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard will have to replace his entire secondary next season.
Senior cornerback Faion Hicks, who had the option of returning to UW for a sixth season, announced Sunday he plans to enter the 2022 NFL draft instead.
Hicks was held out of the Las Vegas Bowl because of an unspecified injury but started 39 games and played in 44 at UW.
He finished ninth on the team in tackles with 28 and led the team in passes broken up with 10.
Sixth-year senior cornerback Caesar Williams, sixth-year senior safety Collin Wilder and fifth-year senior safety Scott Nelson must also be replaced.
Williams started 31 games at UW and played in 48; Nelson started 28 games and played in 29; and Wilder, who did not play in the bowl game because of injury, started 14 games and played in 32 at UW after transferring from Houston.
Hicks said before the Las Vegas Bowl he planned to talk over his options with his parents.
"I’ve been trying so hard the whole season to not look too far ahead," he said. "It has been tough but I’ve just tried to continue to stay in the moment with my teammates and not really think too much about it.
"Because it can really distract you. My parents have done a good job helping me through it."
This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Cornerback Faion Hicks entering the 2022 NFL draft