MADISON – Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst loves every aspect of coaching college football, but his biggest joy might be reserved for his 15 practices he gets in the spring. With no game to prepare for, Chryst and Company can simply refine skills, build technique and figure out their 2017 roster puzzle at a relaxed pace.
Wisconsin started the second phase of its season preparation with its first spring practice of the 2017 season, going roughly two-and-half hours and doing mostly position work and some 7-on-7 drills without any contact. On the first workout of spring, there were plenty of early takeaways.
Edwards Gets First Shot at Left Tackle
With Ryan Ramczyk declaring for the N.F.L. draft and junior Jacob Maxwell out for the spring with a shoulder injury, offensive coordinator/line coach Joe Rudolph has decided to move David Edwards – last year’s right tackle – to first-team left tackle.
It continues a quick rise for Edwards, who was a high school quarterback three years ago, a redshirting tight end two years ago and started seven games a year ago.
“Right now when you look at your offensive line, you want your five best players out there,” Chryst said. “I like a lot of things David did last year. It’s a combination of David and making sure you have the depth balance, making sure you have enough work for Patrick Kasl, David Moorman and Cole Van Lanen and where they feel comfortable. (David) was on the right side and felt comfortable. Spring is a really good time to try something a little bit different for him.”
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