Switching positions

Incoming freshman Kirk DeCremer (6-foot-5, 245 pounds) could end up playing defensive end or tight end for the University of Wisconsin football program, which begins its fall training camp workouts Aug. 7.

Kirk DeCremer is not sure what position he will end up playing at the University of Wisconsin, nor is he quite certain where he will begin his Badger career when fall training camp opens Aug. 7.

A 6-foot-5, 245-pound incoming freshman from Verona (Wis.) High School, DeCremer was initially recruited as a defensive end, but was announced as a tight end on national letter of intent signing day, Feb. 1. He now expects to open his UW career as a defensive end, but that could change before, or during, fall camp.

"They keep moving me back and forth between D end or tight end, so it is kind of up in the air right now," DeCremer said Tuesday afternoon, during an interview on the UW-Whitewater campus. DeCremer is there this week practicing with the South team for the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star game. "(I) just have to wait and see at camp pretty much, is what it is."

"I think that's what they're going to do is they are going to try me at (defensive end) and see how everything works out. It is just pretty much where they need me is what they're going to do."

DeCremer is an impressive athlete, but he does not expect to contend for playing time as a true freshman. The Badgers defensive line is exceptionally deep this season. And at DeCremer's end position UW boasts potential stars in Jamal Cooper and Matt Shaughnessy.

What are DeCremer's expectations?

"Probably redshirting," he said. "….taking an extra year to build up… just pretty much filling in whatever role I need to be there for. I'm not expecting it to be a major role at any point soon, but in the next few years I'm hoping to earn more and more playing time and get on the field more and more."

Last fall DeCremer earned all-state honors on the football field and helped Verona win a share of its conference championship. He then was a starting forward on the Wildcats' basketball team that reached the state tournament.

"Basketball was a lot of fun because we went to state and everything," he said, when asked about his time since signing day. "That was a really great thing. And then I got some time off after that, which was really nice, just to kind of let the body recover and just get prepared for what was coming up next.

"I was chomping at the bit, pretty much, to get in there and just start working out and just meet the new guys and everything. Just start forming the team bond and everything."

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