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    Default Wisconsin's Jon Dietzen announces retirement due to injuries

    "His retirement means Wisconsin will return only one starting offensive lineman, center Tyler Biadasz, in 2019. Guards Michael Deiter and Beau Benzschawel both exhausted their eligibility, and right tackle David Edwards entered the NFL draft with a year of eligibility remaining."

    http://www.espn.com/college-football...t-due-injuries


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    They have some depth, so I think they'll be fine. The Bruss kid is good. Kasl from Forest Lake bailing from the program definitely hurts them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CWCWCW View Post
    They have some depth, so I think they'll be fine. The Bruss kid is good. Kasl from Forest Lake bailing from the program definitely hurts them.
    They may be "fine" but doubt they will be close to as dominant as they were the last two years.

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    I didn't realize that Kasl left the Badger program. Any insight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CWCWCW View Post
    They have some depth, so I think they'll be fine. The Bruss kid is good. Kasl from Forest Lake bailing from the program definitely hurts them.
    I strongly disagree.

    4 of 5 starters are now gonzo, finished, kaput. The offensive line has to take a step back — unless the backups from last year are just as good as the departing former starters, which seems highly unlikely.

    They are replacing 80% of their starters on their o-line, and the guys up front are crucial in the style of offense they play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CWCWCW View Post
    They have some depth, so I think they'll be fine. The Bruss kid is good. Kasl from Forest Lake bailing from the program definitely hurts them.
    They have quality recruits. However it doesnt mean their OL will have the experience and be as productive.

    When you start a very young OL, it almost always means ups and downs. If I had to guess, they will not be as dominant up front as they have been. Now...2020 will be better but for 2019, I'd say a slight regression

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    Never good for the sport, we've had a few early retirements.

    Their younger guys will probably start slow, but they will be good in the back half of the year. Good coaching helps.

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    Cole Van Lanen was a pretty highly regarded recruit who started a number of games for them. It’s not like they will be starting 4 guys without game experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by #2Gopher View Post
    I didn't realize that Kasl left the Badger program. Any insight?
    Story was he wanted to concentrate on academics.

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    In addition to replacing four olinemen (three of them are at NFL combine), Badger run game needs to replace fullback Ingold (also at combine) and tight end Penniston, who started ten games last year but entered transfer portal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swingman View Post
    In addition to replacing four olinemen (three of them are at NFL combine), Badger run game needs to replace fullback Ingold (also at combine) and tight end Penniston, who started ten games last year but entered transfer portal.
    In my opinion, the Gopher offensive line has a fair chance to be equal to or even better than Wisconsin's in 2019.

    At the end of last season, the Gophers were beating quality teams by relentlessly running the ball down their opponents' throats — the same way Wisconsin has done it for years.

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    Wisconsin has continually replaced NFL offensive lineman with NFL offensive lineman year after year. I don't know why next year would be any different.

    But it doesn't matter, we own Wisconsin now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GopherWeatherGuy View Post
    Wisconsin has continually replaced NFL offensive lineman with NFL offensive lineman year after year. I don't know why next year would be any different.

    But it doesn't matter, we own Wisconsin now.
    Her's what will be different this time around: they must replace 4 out of 5 starters in the same season. That's going to be a challenge, no matter how you look at it.

    Offensive lines have to work as a unit to be really effective. The new starters will need time to develop the necessary coordination and communication between players.

    In the first half of 2019, the Badgers play Michigan, Northwestern, Michigan State and Ohio State — all in a span of six weeks.

    Their brand-new offensive line will have to synch up in a hurry.

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    Never like to see a kid retire from injuries. Hopefully its nothing that hurts his life/future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CWCWCW View Post
    They have some depth, so I think they'll be fine. The Bruss kid is good. Kasl from Forest Lake bailing from the program definitely hurts them.
    Next year's starters will probably be ok, but if they are hit with any injuries in season that's when it's really going to hurt them.

    Similar to our situation at NT. Thought we were starting a 5th yr senior and 6th yr senior, and all of a sudden both of them leave within a matter of weeks, so now the "quality depth" becomes the starters, and the developmental deep reserves are one injury away from having to play.

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