Bill Rentmeester was listed at fullback on Wisconsin's roster, but his appearances on the field rarely came in that capacity. Rentmeester, who was stuck on the depth chart behind the durable and capable Chris Pressley (Cincinnati Bengals), earned most of his minutes on special teams.
Wisconsin employs a system where the fullback is used almost exclusively to block. That leaves little time for anyone not atop the depth chart, according to Worgull.
"Pressley was a senior captain, a smart kid, a team leader and was strong as heck. In UW's system, there was little room for one person to shine, let alone two."
FB Bill Rentmeester
Pressley missed the 2006 season after breaking his ankle in the offseason, which allowed Rentmeester (6-foot-1, 248 pounds) to shine. It didn't take him long to make an impact, as he caught a 4-yard TD pass in his first start.
Rentmeester was ready when his name was called and capitalized on any and all opportunities to make a play.
"With a guy like Chris Pressley ahead of you on the depth chart, you aren't going to get many chances to shine. Despite that, Rentmeester took advantage of every opportunity he could to make an impact for the Badgers," Worgull said.
Rentmeester played in 47 games during his collegiate career. He finished with 26 carries for 116 yards and a TD, as well as four receptions for 21 yards and another score. However, his greatest impact never came with the ball in his hands.
Worgull feels Rentmeester is an interesting prospect if only because there is so much more to learn about his game.
"Billy was an interesting player because we never really saw him play," he said.
While his offensive contributions were limited, Rentmeester made his presence felt on special teams. He was named as UW's Co-Special Teams Player of the Week three times during the 2008 season.
If Rentmeester is going to stick in San Diego, it will be because of his work on special teams. There may be an opening on those units, as well, as Pro Bowler Kassim Osgood is on the trading block and is a candidate for an early release.
"Rentmeester was a guy that would run through a wall to make an impact, which can be shown by his work on special teams," Worgull said. "He was always ready to contribute and it didn't matter what he did, as long as he could help the team win."