Maly Gets a Summer Game Plan

Participating in Wisconsin's summer camp last season, Waunakee tight end Austin Maly got a taste of what it will take to compete on the Division 1 level. Heading to UW's Junior Day Saturday, the information Maly received has him excited for the upcoming summer schedule.

MADISON - Although he had developed a relationship with the coaching staff during his past visits and camps, Waunakee Tight End Austin Maly wasn't expecting to have an eye-opening experience during UW's Junior Day on Saturday.

Maly wasn't shocked by the experience, but he came away knowing that the Badgers is the school at the top of his list of favorites.

"It was an awesome time, meeting with the coaches, getting to know about Wisconsin if I chose to go there or they offer me a scholarship," Maly told Badger Nation Sunday. "They let us talk to the players and they told us how they feel about all the coaches and the college life there. It was just a great experience. I would love to go to Wisconsin."

One of the players Maly, a 6-foot-5, 200-pound tight end for Waunakee, got a chance to talk to was Brian Wozniak, a redshirt freshman tight end from Loveland, Ohio.

"He was pretty quiet but he said that he just kept working hard and putting on weight," Maly said. "He said that he had gained probably 30 pounds in a little over a year since coming there. They worked him hard and liked that fact that he redshirted because he wants to be ready when they need him to play."

Maly also had a chance to talk to Tight End Coach Joe Rudolph, who encouraged him to start adding some pounds in preparation for summer camp.

"He remembers me from last year's camp when I was a sophomore and what I did at camp," Maly said. "When I go there this summer, he wants me to gain a little weight and just do what I did – work hard and compete."

Maly saw firsthand what a great performance in Wisconsin's summer camp can do for a player, as defensive end Jake Irwin's camp performance netted him a Wisconsin scholarship that he accepted soon after. Maly is planning on heading out to Arizona for a camp, but wants to stay healthy for his senior season, hoping to help Waunakee repeat as Division 2 state champions.

"It's going to be a ball," Maly said. "We know how hard we have to work (and) how we have to do things. The seniors had a great leadership, and we have to take what we learned from then and show the other kids how to do things."

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