As Wisconsin’s offensive line continues to build chemistry and develop the aggression to consistently win in the trenches, it served as a good reminder for Forest Lake (MN) HS three-star offensive line commit Patrick Kasl of where he needs to be.
Watching the Badgers pave the wave for 326 rushing yards against Hawaii during an unofficial visit, the offensive line’s physicality was just another reminder of what they can do to their opponent in the trenches when things are clicking.
“I thought they played well as a unit,” Kasl told BadgerNation. “I saw the physicality. Obviously they made some mistakes but that’s to be expected in the early goings of the season. You could tell the physicality was starting to wear on Hawaii’s defense, which helped open up some holes. Overall I thought they played a pretty good game.”
The 6-6, 278-pound Kasl routinely watches Wisconsin on television but admits it’s hard to get a gauge of how physical the offensive line is playing. Seeing the line perform in person helped Kasl realize that he needs to start playing through the whistle in order to succeed as an offensive lineman in the Big Ten.
“I’ve always been trying to work hard and play to whistle when I’m on the football field but feel like that it is starting to consistently appear on tape,” said Kasl. “Those things have been my main goal but also continuing to work on technique and consistently finding ways of beating my guy across the line.”
Kasl attended the game with some of his high school friends so he could check out a game day experience and see how excited the campus gets for a night game. The atmosphere didn’t disappoint.
“You could tell the campus and the fans were getting excited,” said Kasl. “You could tell it was a pretty electric atmosphere during the game and before the game. It was fun.”
While he didn’t get much of a chance to interact with the official visitors on campus, Kasl said he was able to have conversations with tailback commit Antonio Williams, fellow offensive linemen commit Cole Van Lanen, outside linebackers coach Tim Tibesar and offensive line coach Joe Rudolph.
“We didn’t talk long, as it was small talk mostly,” said Kasl. “(Cole and I) talked about how each of our seasons was going. It was good to meet up with Cole as we continue to try and build that relationship.”
Since he committed to Wisconsin in June, Kasl and Rudolph talk on a weekly basis on a variety of subjects. Giving Rudolph updates on his football season, Kasl says he asks plenty of questions to Rudolph in order to improve his technique.
“He says to keep doing what you are doing on the football field and continue to be aggressive,” said Kasl. “He wants me to continue to get stronger, but he hasn’t said anything specifically what I should focus on to try to improve as a player this season. He just wants me to continue to work hard in practice and during games.”
While he doesn’t plan to make it to any more home UW games, Kasl is planning on taking his official visit to Wisconsin in December with several other commits.
“As soon as we figure it out, it will be fun to get back to Madison as a group so we can continue to get to know each other,” he said.