Looking for the Mean Streak

Thinking he would get some reps last season, then-freshman Josh Oglesby wasn't expecting to get 301 reps at both tackle positions, getting valuable experience in the process. Now a year older, the sophomore wants to use that experience to be a dominant tackle on Wisconsin's offensive line.

Badger Nation: Coach Bostad talked about the 301 reps you got during last season were so valuable to you in your development. Do you feel that those game experiences against those opponents elevated your play and your expectations coming into this spring?

Josh Oglesby: Oh definitely. I guess it's trial by fire. Shooting with live bullets and blanks are two totally different things. I think that the experience I got playing against the teams that I did, the Ohio States, the Penn States and the Iowas, which were top tier teams in the conference, really helped me out a lot with the physical side of the game and the speed of it.

Badger Nation: What's the big difference between left tackle and right tackle for you when the bullets are flying?

Oglesby: I guess for tackle, you don't do too much different. It's just which way you are coming out of your stance. For awhile, it seemed it was easier for me to come out of a left-handed stance than a right-handed stance and I am right handed so I don't really know why. I feel that I am able to come out of right-handed stance even better.

Badger Nation: When you moved to right tackle, were you able to get it pretty quick? Did it come naturally to you?

Oglesby: Yeah, because Coach Bostad is a big proponent of next man in. I was taking reps at each side of the ball, both left and right tackle. When my number was called, I stepped right in and do what was asked of me.

Badger Nation: What was the biggest thing you worked on either technique wise or mentally this offseason to try to improve upon during these couple months in preparation for spring?

Oglesby: Coach Bostad was actually able to combine a DVD of every snap that I took during the season. I watched it and critique every snap that I took during the seasons and one of the most important things that I felt that I needed to work on was my vertical pass set. During winter off season conditioning, that's what I have been really trying to work on.

Badger Nation: When you watch the film, was that the big thing that stood out to you as a negative? Was that your only negative and what were some of the positives?

Oglesby: I wouldn't say that was my only negative. There were some other things mentally that, being only 18/19 at the time, there were a few things there. I guess I really didn't look for what I did correct because I did it correctly. I mean, I am sure there were things in there. Otherwise, I wouldn't have kept playing. I feel that I have alwys been a pretty decent run blocker.

Badger Nation: You were put right away with the first-team offense. Does that validate what the expectations are of you, that they expect high things of you? Is that a heavy weight to carry?

Oglesby: I don't know if it is so much a heavy weight to carry, but it's a weight that I am willing to and want to bear, because it's going to force me to play better and take a bigger role for this team. In turn, it will get myself better and it will get this team better.

Badger Nation: How is the chemistry of the offensive line so far after losing three starters?

Oglesby: We are one of the most tight-knit units on the team simply because we have to be. If one guy messes up in a protection, the whole protection is blown. It's not like the linebackers if a linebacker misses a read, there are 10 other guys that are right there who are trying to tackle the ball. I think we are forced to be a tight-knit group and we definitely are. In the summer, we have an o-line cookout where all the o-line get together, make a lot of food and have a team building thing.

Badger Nation: Peter Konz and Ricky Wagner, how have those two guys pushed you and Gabe at your tackle positions

Oglesby: That's the whole thing, they want my job and that's what is forcing me to be better because I am not going to let them take my spot. We're friends away from practice but when we step in between those lines, you have no friends.

Badger Nation: Blocking for John Clay or blocking for P.J. Hill, is there a huge difference and is there going to be? I assume not.

Oglesby: No, they are both talented runners and they get there shoulders north and south and punish the defensive players. I don't think there is going to be much of a change there.

Badger Nation: How good can this offensive line be? You bring game experience back despite losing three starters and you have experience players.

Oglesby: I think so because we have another year under Coach Bostad, who is an amazing teacher, and like you said, we've all had game experience. A bunch of us have already played in games already. We have game experience, a great teacher in Coach Bostad and I think we have the chemistry. I think we'll be a great offensive line.

Badger Nation: What makes Bob Bostad such a great teacher, a motivator and button pusher to get the best out of you guys?

Oglesby: I think the line game is a game within himself and he knows all the little things within the offense line. Just the things that he knows and the type of technique that he can bring to the table. It's more of a not wanting to let him down type thing that motivates us the most.


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