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Badgers Football: Garrett Rand taking on a new position for Wisconsin defensive line

One of six true freshmen to play last season, defensive lineman Garrett Rand is taking on a new position as Wisconsin continues its spring practice schedule.

MADISON – There were times last fall where Garrett Rand simply would put his hand in the ground and go full speed at the snap of the football, knowing full well he wasn’t 100 percent confident about his pre-snap reads.

“Coach Nokes didn’t care if I messed up as long as I didn’t mess up with no effort,” Rand said. “I just had to give it my all.”

As Rand goes through his first spring practice as a member of the Wisconsin football team, the sophomore is a year seasoned and has more on his plate moving from nose tackle to end. With junior Olive Sagapolu back healthy and senior Conor Sheehy able to play both positions at a high level, the move gives the Badgers depth behind seniors Alec James, Chikwe Obasih and Sheehy and junior Billy Hirschfeld.

“When I came in I knew I was going to play both positions right away,” Rand said. “First year, Coach Nokes wanted me to get a handle of the nose spot. Now he’s moving me to end and I figure I’ll be there for a little longer. I’ll probably handle this end spot and go from there.”

Having played in all 14 games last season, Rand is undergoing a ...

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