The Freshman Fifteen - Rob Wheelwright

Getting his first taste of action this season, wide receiver Rob Wheelwright says he will use this year's game reps as a good blueprint on how to improve next season. Badger Nation gets to know the freshman receiver a little better in the return of our popular feature.

MADISON - Rob Wheelwright came to the University of Wisconsin to make an impact in the Badgers' pro-style offense, seeing an opportunity to contribute early and help continue the program's success.

Wheelwright has played in 11 games during his true freshman season, but the former four-star wide hasn't put up the numbers that many expected in his first season on campus. Wheelwright has two catches for nine yards thus far this season and hasn't caught a pass since September, but has worked on punt return.

One would think Wheelwright would be discouraged, but the wideout has embraced the opportunity to get game reps and go through game planning on a weekly basis.

"It's been real good, especially getting a chance to watch the older guys play and learn from them," Wheelwright said. "Getting to play was a great experience. I learned a lot and look forward to next year, and developing my skills a little bit better so I can get on the field more."

Returning for a fourth season, 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?

Wheelwright: That's a hard question. Everything seems a little difficult at the beginning. Eventually I got through it. It wasn't anything major. At first it was finding out where my classes were, and then it was making sure I was on time for everything. Around here they make sure to keep the freshmen busy.

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

Wheelwright: Just being confident and consistent. That was probably the hardest thing for me because I was so young and trying to learn everything so fast. Now I am getting a little bit more consistent and confident in my game.

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

Wheelwright: My footwork and my route running. Coach Beatty does a great job with teaching route running. We have a lot of great wide receivers and route running and pass catching, and that's one thing I've improved on since coming here.

What do you think your strengths are right now where you can help this team and what your biggest areas of weaknesses?

Wheelwright: My strengths are my route running. I am a big receiver so I have some size coming off the line. My weaknesses would be being consistent with things I do, catching passes and doing the things I need to.

How is Madison different than your home town of Columbus, Ohio? What's the biggest difference?

Wheelwright: I feel like Columbus is more of a city and Madison is more of a town. There are a lot more building in Columbus. It has pros and cons to it, but this is a great place to be.

Do you have any idea what you want to study in college?

Wheelwright: I'm studying personal finance. It's something I've been always interested in. I've always been good with number, accounting and knew how to manage money.

What's your favorite place on the Madison campus?

Wheelwright: The stadium. I am always here. We study here, we eat here, we play around here and it's a fun place to be at.

What's your least favorite place on campus?

Wheelwright: My dorm room. It's not bad. It's a great place, but it's just far from everything.

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

Wheelwright: Just hanging out with the players, hanging around with friends and just relaxing, giving my body some rest.

Who did you live with this fall? How are those relationships?

Wheelwright: I live with Sojourn Shelton, and it's going really well. It's been great. We met this summer and it's been going good ever since.

What's the most interesting thing you've learn about Sojourn?

Wheelwright: He works hard and is a go-getter. If he wants it he goes and gets it. It motivates me and it makes my game better.

Who was your big brother and what was the biggest thing you learned from him?

Wheelwright: Kenzel Doe. It's about work ethic . He always wants to get better, working before practice, after practice and doing all the little things right.

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

Wheelwright: My family. I talk to my family all the time and they are always giving me motivation, inspirational things. My mom, my brothers, my dad, especially, always stay on me and make sure I have a good head. 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?

Wheelwright: It's a great experience. My mom was crying the first time she saw me out there. They saw my older brother play once before (Ernie Wheelwright at Minnesota), but knowing this is something I love is something that they are happy to see.

What's the best part of being a Wisconsin football player and putting on that red and white jersey, especially when you ran out on the field for the first time?

Wheelwright: it was exciting. Running out of the tunnel in front of 80,000 people you don't ever know, who are cheering for you, rooting for you is just a great experience. I will never relive that experience again. It was amazing.


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