Groy Pushing Cardinals Forward

Becoming the third member of Wisconsin's 2009 recruiting class, Middleton's Ryan Groy possesses the necessary footwork, agility and versatility that makes him a hot commodity to the Badgers.

MADISON - Wisconsin line coach Bob Bostad knows the value of having top tier players at his position. Being assigned to recruit the state of Wisconsin, Bostad has had a hand in bringing solid players Jake Bscherer, Gabe Carimi, Andy Kemp, Peter Konz and Josh Oglesby into the Wisconsin program and inserted them onto his offensive line.

Showing that one can never have too many big and strong offensive linemen at a school that values the run, it was no surprise when Bostad made a strong push for Scout's 36th-ranked offensive guard Ryan Groy for the 2009 class.

Running a 4.91 40-yard dash and testing at a 27.5-inch vertical, 360 pounds on the bench, 500 pounds on the squat and 355pounds on the clean, Groy led the Middleton Cardinals to a 6-3 record last season but couldn't get his team past the first round of the WIAA Division I playoffs, falling to Milwaukee Marquette 42-14.

This season, Groy and his teammates are setting their sights higher and with two weeks down in the season, Middleton sits in first place in the Big 8 Conference. In two games, Middleton has ran for 399 yards and nine touchdowns while passing for 312 yards and one touchdown.

Winning 30-14 over Madison West on Friday, Badger Nation's Matt Fleming took to the sidelines to get some shots of the future Badger ...

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