T.J. Watt Follows Big Brothers' Lead

After getting banged up constantly at tight end, redshirt sophomore T.J. Watt is getting comfortable at his new home at outside linebacker.

MADISON - Change so far has been a good thing for redshirt sophomore T.J. Watt.

Struggling to stay healthy with leg injuries during his first two seasons on campus, including missing most of spring practices, Watt has ditched the tight end spot and is giving the outside linebacker position a shot.

If he follows the path of his two older brothers, he’ll likely turn into an all-conference player in no time.

Not only is Watt the third Watt brother to play for Wisconsin, he’s the third brother to change positions for the program. The first two have yielded major benefits. J.J. Watt transferred to Wisconsin from Central Michigan and moved from tight end to defensive end. It set the tone for two dominating years in the trenches, an early jump to the NFL, being selected in the first round and earning the NFL’s defensive player of the year last season.

Derek Watt came as a linebacker, moved to fullback at the start of his redshirt freshman season and will start at that spot for a fourth straight season, sprinkling in a little tight end if the situation calls for it.

Staying healthy thus far and continuing to get comfortable on the defensive side of the football, Watt talks to BadgerNation about the position switch, his health, future and more.


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