MADISON – The injury hits just keep coming for the University of Wisconsin, especially on its offensive line.
It was announced by head coach Paul Chryst Monday that junior center Dan Voltz will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a right knee injury against Illinois Saturday.
Chryst added that junior receiver Rob Wheelwright, who was hurt with a left leg injury earlier on the same drive as Voltz, will be out for “a period of time,” but could return later in the year.
The injury for Voltz came on a 3-yard run by Alec Ingold late in the third quarter, one play before UW punched it in for 2-yards out to take a 17-13 lead. UW won 24-13.
It’s another significant injury for Voltz in the last year. Despite starting all 14 games last season, he missed most of the Big Ten championship game and the Outback Bowl with ankle injuries and missed all of spring after suffering setbacks. He missed the home game against Purdue Oct.17 after suffering an elbow injury late in the win at Nebraska.
On the team’s Monday depth chart, UW listed the same combination it used for the Purdue game: keeping left tackle Tyler Marz and right tackle Beau Benzschawel at their current spots but moving redshirt freshman Michael Deiter from left guard to center, redshirt freshman Micah Kapoi from right guard to left and junior Walker Williams at right guard.
With Ray Ball (arm) and Hayden Biegel (unknown) likely out for the rest of the season, UW lists redshirt freshman Jacob Maxwell as the backup at both tackle positions, junior Logan Schmidt the backup at both guard spots and redshirt freshman Brett Connors at center.
“You feel bad for the guys who missed and you’re excited for the other guy’s opportunities,” said Chryst. “It’s your job to help them maximize that opportunity.”
Chryst added that quarterback Joel Stave (head) is going through the concussion protocol but is expected to play Saturday against Rutgers (3-5, 1-3 Big Ten). The status of junior tailback Corey Clement (sports hernia surgery) is still to be determined.