Marz on the Mend

Tyler Marz was originally planning to redshirt in his first season at Wisconsin to build his strength and learn the offense. He wasn't planning on spending it recovering. A dirty play cost Marz the end of his season, but not his scholarship to Wisconsin.

MADISON - If anybody questioned the toughness of Wisconsin commit Tyler Marz, the last couple weeks would put those inquires to bed.

A 6-foot-8, 280-pound offensive tackle from Springfield (Minn.) High, Marz suffered a torn ACL on a cheap shot and was lost for the season.

"I was on defense and I was trying to pursue the quarterback. I planted to change direction and a guy blindsided me," Marz said. "I didn't even hear him coming and it just buckled on me."

Here's where the toughness comes in. Marz played for a full two more games before the pain pushed him to the point where he got an MRI, revealing the bad news.

Marz picked the Badgers over offers from Minnesota and South Dakota State as well as interest from Iowa, and was wary over how the injury would affect his status of his scholarship, especially with the Badgers short on scholarships and high on a lot of big-time prospects recruiting radar.

The reaction of the coaching staff, specifically recruiting and position coach Bob Bostad, reaffirmed his place in the program.

"When I got the news, I was pretty down, but Coach Bostad called me and cheered me up," Marz said. "It means a lot that they are sticking by me and are excited for me to be a part of the team. They are happy with the doctor that I chose and they are behind me 100 percent. After the surgery, I am going to start lifting weights and getting ready for football next year."

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