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Wisconsin's offensive line taking on more tasks as spring nears its midpoint

Returning four starters from a young group a season ago has allowed Wisconsin's offensive line to take bigger steps this spring.

MADISON – Michael Deiter can hardly remember what last year was like for Wisconsin’s offensive line, only that the group had a lot of new faces. How new? The then-sophomore center was the most experienced player of the group.

So even though Wisconsin needs to replace All-American left tackle Ryan Ramczyk and potential starters Jon Dietzen and Jacob Maxwell are on the shelf, Deiter can see tenfold growth as the Badgers enter their third week of spring practice.

“Mentally there’s a big difference (compared to last spring),” Deiter said following Tuesday’s practice, the seventh of the spring. “A lot of the guys have played, so the scheme is a lot easier for these guys when the bullets are flying and to get things adjusted. We’re not really dwelling on mental errors right now as much as we were last year because guys were pretty fresh.” 

With only losing Ramczyk to graduation, offensive coordinator/line coach Joe Rudolph has balanced the amount of new techniques and schemes he can put on the group’s shoulders without there being an overload. Instead of playing catch up to the basics like a year ago, the line has made substantial strides with new material.

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