Kaye honored for second time

Freshman lineman is earning respect for work on scout team

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For the second time this season freshman offensive lineman Danny Kaye received the Scout Offensive Player of the Week award on Monday.

 

"I think the big thing is that Danny moved inside playing in the offensive line from tight end," offensive line coach Jim Hueber said. "So we felt that this year in the scout team was out of sight for him. To be in there mixing it up, we feel like he's getting better every day. He's getting confidence, he's a good listener and he wants to play. When you put all of those things together it will be good."

 

Before coming to Madison, Kaye, a 6-8, 285-pound lineman from New Berlin Eisenhower High School, The Insiders ranked him the No. 13 tight end in the country and one of the top three players in Wisconsin. During his redshirt season, he can be found on the scout team, challenging the defensive starters.

 

"The scout team definitely has its ups and downs," Kaye said. "It's hard, it's physical, and you're going up against guys that are older than you, better than you and stronger than you. But it really helps you in the long run. It gets you prepared for the next few years and it's great preparation for the rest of my career. It's tough work but I don't mind doing it."

 

With one game left in the season, Kaye has been the only true freshman this year to receive a scout honor twice. He received the awards after the Northwestern and Michigan State games.

 

"I don't really think much of that," Kaye said. "The scout team, we kind of stick together because no one really likes doing it. The awards are something to be proud of, it pretty much just means that I got my ass kicked for most of that week, it's a good accolade."


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