The Freshman Fifteen

A big offensive tackle recruited to Wisconsin by former coach Kerry Cooks, Robby Havenstein is being counted on to anchor one side of UW's offensive line in the years to come. Badger Nation gets to know Havenstein a little better in its new series.

MADISON - Named first-team All-Conference, All-Area, All-Met and All State as a junior, Robby Havenstein was one of the top prospects on the East Coast. So what's the 6-foot-8, 350-pound offensive tackle doing at the University of Wisconsin?

In a new series for subscribers, Badger Nation does a meet and greet with the newer members of the Wisconsin football team, shedding a light on some of the unknown kids that figure to be important parts of the Badgers' future.

Asking 15 questions, we call this segment the Freshman Fifteen.

What's been the hardest part for you adjusting to college life?

Havenstein:Probably the scheduling to be honest with you. Everything is planned out and a lot of your free time you are watching film. My class schedule isn't too bad. I have a lot of classes on Monday because we get off of football practices, so that's when I fit most of it in and make it manageable.

What's been the hardest part adjusting to college football?

Havenstein:The probably biggest thing anytime you step up a level of football is adjusting to the speed of the game. With how fast everything goes, it's probably the same going from middle to high school or college to the pros.

Since you arrived here, how have you changed your body to prepare for the college game?

Havenstein:I came in at 380 pounds and weighed in (Tuesday) at 350 pounds. So I dropped 30 pounds after lifting every day. I feel great. I have been lifting more than I have been in a long time, and I feel faster and stronger.

How is Madison different than your home state of Maryland? What's the biggest difference?

Havenstein:It's probably the college town. It's more populated, more dense here. There's people everywhere, so you have to watch where you cross the street or if you are driving, you've got to watch the street signs. Coming from a smaller town in Maryland, that is probably the biggest difference. I've also heard things about the winter here. What is your major?

Havenstein: I am undecided right now. I don't really have a certain idea. I want to take a lot of introductory courses and see what I am passionate about.

What are you hoping to do after college?

Havenstein: If the opportunity presents itself, NFL football wouldn't be bad. Whatever I like in school, I will just do that and have a career out of that.

What's your favorite place on the Madison campus?

Havenstein: It would probably be Memorial Student Union. Just being on the lake and everything like that is pretty sweet to me.

What's your least favorite place on campus?

Havenstein:It's not really a place, but it would have to be all the one-way streets on campus. I end up going down the wrong way a lot of times, so I have to make a quick u-turn a lot of times.

What do you enjoy doing most in your free time when you get the chance to kick back and relax?

Havenstein:It's usually just hanging out with people. Sometimes it is football guys and other times it's people I end up meeting in class. I sometimes have to go and get some homework done, but I like getting off my feet and relaxing.

What music do you like to listen to, what TV shows do you like to watch and what food do you like to eat?

Havenstein: Probably some of my favorite music is rock, like Metallica, all the bands like that because they blast it in the weight room all the time. I am loving it when I am listening to stuff like that. My favorite TV show is just Sports Center, just to see what is going on. I like being on Facebook talking to my friends. I have a lot of friends playing college football, so I like checking in on them and seeing how they are doing. Eat … whatever is good down on the buffet is good for me.

Who do you live with and how is that going?

Havenstein: I am living with Dallas Lewallen and it's going really well. Being with another offensive lineman, you study and talk about the playbook when you go home. Now I've gotten to know him, he's a great guy, comes from a great family and I have met them multiple times. We were thinking about doing bunk beds to get more space, but then we looked at each other and realized that it wasn't going to work.

What's the most interesting thing you've learn about him since you starting living with him?

Havenstein:Probably that he's had a life-long involvement with the Special Olympics. His dad is heavily involved along with the rest of his family. I just think it's really cool that they do that together for such a good cause.

Where does your biggest support come from? Family? Friends? Teammates?

Havenstein:Right now, it comes from my teammates. We have such a great group if guys here that if I have a question about class or the playbook or how to go about doing things, they are all real honest about things. Nobody tries to mess with you or screw with you too much.

What's your parents reaction to you playing college football here, being on your own for the first time and starting your journey at this school?

Havenstein:It's definitely a good reaction. My dad was happy to see all his kids go out and start new lives. Nobody actually stayed in Maryland, so everybody branched out. My mom calls maybe twice a week and always calls me during practice time, leaves me a bunch of voicemails.

It doesn't have to be football related, but what do you feel has been the greatest accomplishment of your life?

Havenstein:Definitely getting a scholarship to come here. It's a great, prestigious program and just getting the opportunity to come here and better myself, not just as a football player, but a person is amazing.


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