Levy gets in the action

True freshman linebacker happy to get in on special teams and at linebacker

MADISON — Saturday's blowout gave many young Badgers their first opportunities to shine, including freshman linebacker DeAndre Levy. The Milwaukee native got two tackles while playing part of the second quarter and much of the third quarter against Temple as a weakside "will" ‘backer.

"I think it went pretty well," Levy said. "I didn't feel nervous at all. It went quick."

Levy did not see action in last weekend's contest against Bowling Green, but had a solid game both at linebacker and on special teams Saturday.

"What I liked, in the second half we had guys out there that don't get a lot of time," defensive coordinator Bret Bielema said. "We were on them about ‘Don't be sloppy, don't let the game get away,' and I liked the way they responded. They were competing right down to the end."

Levy earned the time that he received, and he did not disappoint.

"I really thought DeAndre had practiced well and done a lot of good things in preparation," Bielema said. "I think the first play he was in there he did some things."

After going up 24-0, Levy made his first tackle on special teams. He got a good jump off the kick and cruised through traffic to drop Michael Billops at the 20-yard line.

"I'm kind of glad I won the kickoff," Levy said. "It makes it an easy transition to defense."

Ironically, when he came into camp, the true freshman was weary of even playing on special teams.

"At the beginning of camp, I didn't really want to," Levy said. "But kickoffs are fun actually."

It is unclear what Levy's role will be as the Badgers face tougher opponents this season. He has been pressing senior starter Dontez Sanders in practice and he can be a valuable reserve. He has the speed and size to make an impact in a relief role at linebacker or on special teams.

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