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There's no seniors in the group but Wisconsin's defensive line is full of experienced players

The seventh of BadgerNation's 12 part series, we look at the Wisconsin defensive line, a unit that returns a ton of contributors from last year's stout run-stopping group.

Defensive line coach Inoke Breckterfield has to be pleased with how his unit played during his first year at Wisconsin, seeing the down linemen help limit opponents to only 95.4 yards per game on the ground, which ranked fourth in the country.

Although Wisconsin was certainly stout up front, questions still remain if the line can create pressure in opposing team’s backfield. While the group advanced in their development, they didn’t take a step in statistical production, matching the same number of sacks (four) and slightly increasing its TFLs (11.5 to 12) from the 2014 season.

Aware those numbers need to change in order for Wisconsin’s defense to take another step forward, Breckterfield has spent the entire offseason preaching about getting to the quarterback, especially since the line generated only two quarterback hurries a season ago.

“With the foundation being set and there’s more on their plate, the thinking is out,” Breckterfield said. “It’s more I know what I’m doing here and I can do this or that, just putting more on their plate and having them see it and then coaching them up. They are at their point where they can take that next step.”

Wisconsin was young along the defensive line last season as the core of the group was entering either their first or second year of key playing time. With another year under their belt and only losing junior Arthur Goldberg (head injuries), the key core of juniors Chikwe ObasihConor Sheehy and Alec James and sophomore Zander Neuville and Olive Sagapolu have played in a combined 106 career games, not to mention Obasih, Sheehy, James and Sagapolu have started a combined 35 games.

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Past Features 

July 27 - Quarterbacks

July 28 - Running Backs

July 29 - Fullbacks

July 30 - Wide Receivers

July 31 - Tight End

August 1 - Offensive Line

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