Wisconsin is about to find out if the growing pains from a year ago are going to pay off.
Riddled with youth and injuries, Wisconsin’s offensive line was a mess a season ago with the inability to open up running lanes for inexperience tailbacks and hold their blocks long enough to protect the quarterback.
The warning signs were on the wall considering how some of the group’s key personnel struggled to stay healthy and practice during the spring and fall. When the injuries carried over into the season, the Badgers trotted out seven different offensive line combination.
While it took much longer than expected, Wisconsin finally started to find a groove in its final two games of the season. Michael Deiter had cemented himself at center and Beau Benzschawel was moved from right tackle to right guard, opening up a spot for Jacob Maxwell. The result was the three freshman helping open lanes for UW to rush for 257 yards and four touchdowns against Minnesota.
Not wanting to rock the boat, the group stayed put and helped the Badgers rush for 177 yards and give up only one sack in the Holiday Bowl victory over USC. Ka-ching.
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July 27 - Quarterbacks
July 28 - Running Backs
July 29 - Fullbacks
July 30 - Wide Receivers
July 31 - Tight End