With a whole season of experience under his belt from covering Warren Herring’s position for a few games last season, Arthur Goldberg is going to be looked at as a reliable defensive lineman wherever he is placed this season. Even though he did not participate in the annual spring game due to injury, Goldberg was able to provide a constant enough presence last season. Playing in all 14 games (six starts), Goldberg finished as the top tackler on the line, finishing with 25 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and 0.5 sacks. Badgers fans will have little to worry about regarding his experience.
Strengths: At 6-3 and around 295 pounds, Goldberg has plenty of beef to be able to handle opposing offensive lines and take on double teams to free up alleys for Wisconsin’s linebackers. Being a typical strong, beefy defensive lineman, Goldberg will be able to be the space eater first year defensive line coach Inoke Breckterfield is looking for.
Weaknesses: Looking through Goldberg’s tape last season, it seems he lacked certain abilities to get to the quarterback. His lack of sacks are surprising considering the amount of reps he played through the middle part of the season when Herring was out with an injury. Once he gets back into the swing of things and gets through the first few games, he hopefully will be able to shed blocks correctly and get to the quarterback more.
Why he is #20: With a lack of experience behind him, Goldberg will need to be a vital presence on the line almost immediately. He will need to play his best football as quickly as possible in order to bring some consistency and playmaking ability to what will be a young rotation in the trenches. His strength and size will prove to be his strength this entire season and will help him become a strong defensive presence.
Overall: Goldberg will need to play out of his mind to begin the season when the Badgers open up against the speed, athleticism and talent of Alabama. Playing against that level of talent with be a litmus test for Goldberg and the rest of the roster, a key matchup that will point out player’s strengths and weaknesses that will be key for success this upcoming season. There are no for sure starting spots, but Wisconsin’s line will continue to rotate players and personnel. Goldberg and senior Jake Keefer will enter fall camp as the top two nose tackles but the improvement of Goldberg over the last year makes him a valuable commodity. Look for him to improve on his stats in every aspect this season as he becomes stronger and more experienced with his role as unit leader.