In the 2010 recruiting class, that man was Dallas Lewallen. Coming from small-town Berlin, Wis., Lewallen came to UW's camp in hopes of getting better for his senior season. He got more than he bargained for, earning a scholarship offer from the Badgers that he accepted a week later.
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?
Lewallen: Probably just time management and juggling all the classes with football. It's been an adjustment keeping a schedule down, getting into a rhythm with everything and thinking about what you are going to do.
What's been the hardest part adjusting to college football?
Lewallen: Definitely the intensity of the game. The game is a lot faster. In high school, I wasn't playing guys my size. In college, it's a lot more difficult and more demanding for sure. Training camp was probably the hardest thing football wise I've ever had to do. It's just an adjustment. I came into fall camp as a left tackle, moved to left guard and now taking some snaps at center. Peter Konz has been helpful, taking me up to the film room and showing me things because I have been taking snaps at center.
Since you arrived here, how have you changed your body to prepare for the college game?
Lewallen: Ben Herbert, with his whole summer program, it's probably the most weight training I have done. We've done a lot more here than I ever done in high school. With everything we've done, I've definitely put on some weight and got stronger than high school.
How is Madison different than Berlin? What was the biggest surprise for you?
Lewallen: I like the campus. Obviously being a bigger city coming from a town from 5,000 people, once you get adjusted and find out where everything is, it's not too big of town where you get lost. The people are nice, the dorms are nice and the town is great.
What is your major?
Lewallen: I am undecided. I probably won't decide until my sophomore year.
What are you hoping to do after college?
Lewallen: It's a little bit down the road, but I am working on my classes now and hope to get an idea of something to do after football.
What's your favorite place on the Madison campus?
Lewallen: I like to go down to State Street down with my friends, get something to eat and check out some stores.
What's your least favorite place on campus?
Lewallen: Well, I haven't been over to Konz' place yet (laughing). I really haven't found one yet.
What do you enjoy doing most in your free time when you get the chance to kick back and relax?
Lewallen: I like to hang out with my friends. On the weekends because I am not travelling, I like to sleep in on Saturdays and just play some video games.
What music do you like to listen to, what TV shows do you like to watch and what food do you like to eat?
Lewallen: I like the Big Lebowski and Pulp Fiction. I'll eat anything food wise.
Who do you live with and how is that going?
Lewallen: I am living with Robby Havenstein. We roomed together over the summer and it's been get to know him because he's a good guy.
What's the most interesting thing you've learn about him since you starting living with him?
Lewallen: At first glance, you wouldn't think he is as outgoing as he is. He's a good friend to have and fun in a crowd.
Where does your biggest support come from? Family? Friends? Teammates?
Lewallen: My biggest support comes from a lot of the offensive linemen. They were really helpful this summer, helping me get in a groove with things and answered any of my questions about plays if I had them. They were real great in general.
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?
Lewallen: They are really proud of me and are just really happy. I remember going back and telling my mom for the first time that Wisconsin had offered me a scholarship. She just started crying with how happy she was. She loves coming down here each week for the games.
It doesn't have to be football related, but what do you feel has been the greatest accomplishment of your life?
Lewallen: The scholarship is pretty close to the top. Up there to is the relationships I have made with athletes from Special Olympics. That means a lot because I love volunteering with my dad and being involved.