UW Football: Spring Ahead: It all starts up front with O-line

BY MIKE LUCAS

UWBadgers.com Senior Writer

MADISON, Wis. —  Wisconsin's spring football game is quickly approaching. The Badgers have been busy with practice, recently returning to pads to the excitement of new and returning players (link to video).

Leading up to April 21, UWBadgers.com Senior Writer Mike Lucas will break down the Badgers, position by position. We get started with the offensive line.

THE HANDYMAN

Versatility has been a trademark of this position group. Bill Nagy played center and guard. So did Travis Frederick. Ryan Groy played center, guard and tackle (along with tight end and fullback). Deiter has played center and guard in the same game without a drop-off. Benzschawel was a starting tackle before converting to guard. Edwards was a tight end before transitioning to tackle.

At Tuesday's first padded practice, Connors took reps at center and left tackle. "I've been ready to go at right tackle, so just the two positions for now, but more to come," said Connors, a junior-to-be from New Berlin. Added Edwards, "You could plug him in at guard, too, and he'd be successful. He's one of the few guys who knows everything that is going on in the offense. He pretty much does everything for us."

SPRINGING INTO SPRING

What's the best thing about practicing football in March? "It's slower," Edwards said. "You can work on specific things and not have to worry about preparing for an opponent. You're kind of working on yourself more than you're working on countering or defending against another player."

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