One of three quarterbacks to get extensive time with offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig during Wisconsin's one-day camp Tuesday, Mankato (MN) West junior quarterback Ryan Schlichte made the most of his first real impression with the UW staff.
"It was a good camp, I thought," Schlichte told Badger Nation. "I really like Coach Ludwig. I like what they have with the new facilities going up and the weight room. All of the stuff they have under the stadium showing off the old Camp Randall was pretty cool."
Starting to get recruited by Wisconsin assistant coach Ben Strickland in May when the secondary coach visited his high school, the 6-1, 190-pound Schlichte send film to Strickland and got the invitation to camp.
It was there that Schlichte got to measure himself against Kafentzis and Hyattsville (MD) Dematha Catholic senior John Lovett.
"It was great competing with those guys," said Schlichte. "Coach Ludwig and Coach Andersen took us aside as a group of three and let us throw to receivers. It was great to be able to compare myself. John had a really strong arm and me and Austin really competed hard against one another."
Schlichte says his big area of growth last season understood where he could and could not attack opposing defenses. Transforming from a player who would always go for the deep ball to one who would take what the defenses gave him, Schlichte threw for 2,278 yards and 25 touchdowns.
"A lot of teams tried to play bump coverage against us, so we just took advantage with our really fast receivers," said Schlichte. "I learned there is nothing wrong with taking the short five-yard routes compared to the deep ball. It can be pretty daunting when you are getting beat little by little."