New Scheme Fits Sheehy

Milwaukee Marquette defensive end Conor Sheehy was excited for his potential in Wisconsin's 4-3 defense when he committed in fall of 2012. Now the four-star athlete sees a potential opportunity to contribute this fall in UW's new defense.

Milwaukee Marquette defensive end Conor Sheehy was excited enough by Wisconsin's 4-3 defense that he committed to the in-state program two Septembers ago. Much has changed over that time frame, but all of it has been exciting for the Badgers' highest-rated defensive commit, especially a new defense that is made for a player like him.

"It's pretty exciting because it's a great defense the way they schemed it up," Sheehy told Badger Nation. "It puts people in position to make plays and help out our linebackers. Overall I think it's a really great thing for defense."

A four-star recruit and No.30 defensive end by, Sheehy was one of 11 official visitors – all commits – on the Badgers' campus over the weekend. With no football game for the coaches to prepare for, Wisconsin's coaching staff set up plenty of team-bonding activities, including attending a UW hockey and basketball game and going to the team's end-of-the-season banquet.

"Most of the recruits have been committed for a decent amount of time, so it was good to spend time with our future teammates and with each other," said Sheehy. "It was a really good weekend for that kind of stuff."

Sheehy also spent one-on-one time with defensive coach Chad Kauha'aha'a going over defensive schemes and watching tape, while also spending time with head coach Gary Andersen about how Sheehy will fit in at Wisconsin.

"I love coach Andersen," said Sheehy. "He's a great guy. There's really much I can say about the guy other than that. I love everything he is doing with the program."

Sheehy only attended two home football games during the season, far below the amount of fellow commits Jaden Gault and George Panos, so this weekend allowed him to get to know Mukwonago linebacker Dominic Cizauskas and Grafton offensive lineman Beau Benzschawel.

Wisconsin has eight in-state players currently committed for 2014, all first-team all-state selections thi past season.

"I think they're all really good players," said Sheehy, who was hosted by freshman linebacker Jack Cichy. "Hanging out with the guys and with our hosts at the dorms, it was nice seeing how these guys interact with each other outside the football setting."

With Wisconsin losing all its main contributors at the defensive line position following the Capital One Bowl, Sheehy says he'll spend the offseason working and training toward contributing in the fall.

"I want to prepare myself physically and keep working out to try to play early if I can," said Sheehy. "I want to help this team the best that I can."

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