MADISON – Patrick Kasl almost forgot what it was like to win a football game.
Through his varsity career, which included him being a two-year captain and a first-team all-state selection last season, Kasl’s Forest Lake varsity football didn’t win a game, any game, even by mistake.
In fact, Forest Lake’s losing streak had reached 41 games until it snapped in week 2 this season. Fittingly, it came four days after Kasl got to experience his first win standing on the sidelines of Lambeau Field watching Wisconsin take down No.5 LSU.
“It’s been a lot of fun,” Kasl said. “I want to help the team in any way that I can on scout team and just make everyone better. And then getting the wins, it’s a big deal. It’s been really fun.”
While redshirting this season, Kasl was given a couple opportunities to work at right tackle with the first-team offensive line in fall camp, a sign that the Badgers are hoping to use him sooner rather than later.
“We’re excited when we signed him,” head coach Paul Chryst said of Kasl. “We’re excited about the young linemen that we have … We like that group. We really do. I think he’s athletic.”
Asking 15 questions, we call this segment the Freshman Fifteen.
What’s been the hardest part for you adjusting to college life?
Kasl: Probably just time management, getting all the homework done. It’s a different academic lifestyle, which has been an adjustment more than anything.
What’s been the hardest part adjusting to college football?
Kasl: It’s a lot more physical at a lot higher speed. I guess everyone is bigger, faster and stronger.
How did you prepare your body before coming to college so you would be able to step right in and start competing?
Kasl: I was here this past summer and they put all the freshmen through the same weight training program, which was helpful. That was a big help. They do a really good job.
What do you think your strengths are right now where you can help this team and what your biggest areas of weaknesses?
Kasl: Starting with the weaknesses, I’m just really trying to improve on technique, strength and overall just football stuff. What I bring to the table is I have a go-at-it attitude. I always work hard.
How is Madison different than Wyoming, Minn.?
Kasl: It’s a lot bigger and there’s a lot more people. There’s a big football culture here. At home it wasn’t quite as big because we kind of struggled. Here it’s a big deal.
Do you have any idea what you want to study in college?
Kasl: I’m going to be doing chemical engineering.
What’s your favorite place on the Madison campus?
Kasl: I really like the lake, Lake Mendota, and being at the Terrace. I like to study in the discovery building.
What’s your least favorite place on campus?
Kasl: Chem lab at 7:45 in the morning. It’s just stressful and early.
What do you enjoy doing most in your free time when you get the chance to kick back and relax?
Kasl: I just usually like to hang out with friends, chill, listen to music.
Who are you living with this fall?
Kasl: Noah Burks
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learn about Noah?
Kasl: I’m not sure. He’s really dedicated to his girlfriend, but he’s a good guy and he gets things done.
Where does your biggest support come from?
Kasl: I get a lot of support just from the team. They do a really good job of that both athletically and academically. And then I have my parents back home. They do a good job of helping me get through this transition.
What’s your parents’ reaction to you playing college football here, being on your own for the first time and starting your journey at this school?
Kasl: They are really excited about it. They love making the trip down and coming to visit. I like being able to see them.
From all of your scholarship offers, what made Wisconsin stand out from everyone else?
Kasl: I was looking for a place that was kind of close to home, but extremely good at academics and football. This was a combination of both.
What it’s like to put on the Wisconsin jersey every day, run out of the tunnel in front of 80,000 fans and be a part of this program on a daily basis?
Kasl: Just being a part of the team, being with the guys and working hard all for one goal.