Another Hemer Joins the Program

Having seen the success his older brother, Ethan, had after accepting his preferred walk-on opportunity from Wisconsin, Medford (Wis.) senior lineman Ben Hemer will follow in his older brother's footsteps after accepting his walk-on offer Sunday.

MADISON - Wisconsin has been known for taking the preferred walk-on to new heights over the years, seeing many become full scholarship contributors, team captains and NFL players. Like his older brother, Medford (Wis.) senior Ben Hemer chose to take a preferred walk-on spot at Wisconsin. To Hemer, the decision was really a no brainer.

"It was always in my mind to be a walk-on at Wisconsin but I wanted to wait until I was able to see how the coaches were like, where I would play and get a feel for the coaches," Hemer told Badger Nation. "Coach Gary Andersen just blew my mind and his staff, like the defensive line coach (Chad Kauha'aha'a) and offensive line coach (T.J. Woods), are both great people. I am excited to play for them and I am sold. I am for sure sold."

The 6-6, 250-pound Hemer had many schools under consideration with Western Illinois, Illinois State, Holy Cross and a couple other Division 2 schools were pounding at his door, but he always knew where his heart was.

"Nothing compared to Wisconsin," Hemer said. "Coach Andersen is a players' guy and will do anything for them. He will want to meet your family and want to get to know everything about you. He makes you happy and wants to get the best out of you. That is the impression I got from him and he just sounds like a really fun play to with. Coach Andersen's staff was amazing and they relay the same message about caring for the players and everything.

Ben's older brother, Ethan Hemer, is a current junior that plays defensive tackle for Wisconsin. Like his older brother, Ben Hemer played both on the offensive and the defensive line for his high school team. For one year, would fans see both Hemers in the same position group?

"Coach Andersen said he sees me more at the offensive line than the defensive line," Hemer said. "He said they will be losing a lot of guys this upcoming year and they were thinking offensive line for me. That is where they will need me the most.

"I'm working out basically and working harder. Getting to know players on the team is another thing, but also getting used to the idea of being a Badger. It is a little bit overwhelming, but I am very excited. It will be a great time done there."

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