University of Wisconsin football coach Gary Andersen is close to filling the final two openings on his coaching staff.

Jay Boulware, who just finished his fourth season as tight ends coach and special teams coordinator at Auburn, will coach the Badgers' tight ends, a UW source confirmed. That move was first reported by

Meanwhile, Utah wide receivers coach Aaron Roderick has reportedly been offered the same job at UW. He also has an offer to be the quarterbacks coach at Brigham Young, according to KFAN radio station in Salt Lake City.

Boulware, 40, is from Irving, Texas, and was the tight ends coach and special teams coordinator at Utah in 2005 and 2006, when Andersen was the Utes' defensive coordinator.

Andersen has not yet named a special teams coordinator and Boulware certainly has the credentials to also fill that role. Bill Busch, who came with Andersen from Utah State, was the Aggies' special teams' coordinator the last two seasons. So far, Busch's only title at UW is secondary coach.

Auburn ranked second nationally in punt coverage this past season, averaging 0.8 yards per return, and third in kickoff coverage (18.6 per return).

While neither the kickoff return (No. 48) nor punt return (No. 58) teams were highly ranked, Auburn led the Southeastern Conference in kickoff return yards (1,264/24.3 average), kick return touchdowns (two), kickoff coverage (546 yards) and fewest punts returned (10) in 2011. Boulware also coached an All-America punter and Ray Guy Award finalist that season in Steven Clark.

Boulware coached kicker Wes Byrum to consecutive record-breaking seasons at Auburn in 2009 and 2010, when he broke the school record both years for points by a kicker. Byrum's 19-yard field goal as time expired gave Auburn a 22-19 victory over Oregon in the 2011 BCS title game.

Prior to coming to Auburn, Boulware served as running backs coach and special teams coordinator at Iowa State in 2007 and 2008.

Boulware, a former offensive lineman at Texas, also coached at Northern Illinois from 1997 to 2000, as tight ends coach for one year, then co-offensive line coach. He recruited running back Michael Turner and was also on the staff when UW running backs coach Thomas Hammock played tailback for the Huskies.

Roderick, 40, a former wide receiver at Brigham Young, has been at Utah since 2005. In addition to coaching receivers, he was the passing game coordinator in 2012 and co-offensive coordinator in 2010.

Andersen and Roderick first worked together at Southern Utah in 2003. Andersen spent one season as the head coach and Roderick was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. They were together at Utah from 2005 to 2008.

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Mark in Bothell
Mark in Bothell

Can he recruit?


Actually, only 1 team ( Wake Forest w/ 96) had more punts in D1A than the UWs 81.

bob roser
bob roser

and punting!

bob roser
bob roser

auburn had a lot of practice kicking off this year.

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