Video: Austin Traylor talks Development

Stepping into the starting tight end role this season for Wisconsin, the work senior Austin Traylor put into his game in the offseason is starting to show for the Badgers.

MADISON - Austin Traylor knew he needed to do more and, most importantly, get better in order to contribute at the University of Wisconsin.

After managing just three catches for 24 yards in 14 games last season, being plagued with drops and fumbles after the catch, Traylor approached head coach Paul Chryst and offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph, who originally recruiting him out of Columbus (OH) Walnut Ridge for the Badgers, and asked a simple question:

"What can I do to help myself"?

“(Rudolph) did it with Lance Kendricks, and that was catch a hundred balls a day,” said Chryst. Everyday Austin did that. He would come in here on a Saturday and a Sunday and he's catching it.”

Through two games, it’s evident that Traylor is catching on. After two games, Traylor – picking up the slack for the injured Troy Fumagalli – has four catches for 59 yards (more than the 30 games he’s played over the previous two seasons). On Saturday in the 58-0 win over Miami University, Traylor caught his first career touchdown pass.

Before playing Troy at Camp Randall Saturday, Traylor talks about his development since the end of his redshirt junior season in the video above.

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