Since the dawn of time, it may seem, the Wisconsin Badgers have fielded giants and people movers at the offensive line position. Year in and year out, consistency at that position has helped the Badgers offense settle in as a run-first power house.
With stud lineman Ryan Ramcyzk moved on to the NFL, the Badgers have had to do some shuffling around on the offensive line.
Junior Michael Deiter, who figured to be the starting center has moved over to left tackle making room for Tyler Biadasz. Biadasz basically forced the coaching staffs hand after performing at a very high level in spring practices and the spring game.
Filling in the rest of the left side should be sophomore Jon Dietzen at left guard. On quarterback Alex Hornibrook’s blind side will be sophomore David Edwards filling in at the right tackle position.
That leaves us with our last position and our best offensive lineman heading in to the 2017 season.
Junior right guard Beau Benzschawel will be the anchor of this offensive line. At 6-6, 317 pounds he stands tall and is nimble enough for quick bursts of speed that really up his game.
He is the anchor though because for all the moving around that the offensive line has seen within the past two offseasons, Benzschawel has been the one to not move at all.
Benzschawel is also well aware of the tradition that is the offensive line at Wisconsin.
“I grew up watching the 2010 and 2011 teams and those guys were just studs and when I was offered to come here; that’s what Wisconsin is about and the offensive line and how strong they’ve always been historically,” starting right guard Beau Benzschawel said at the beginning of last season. “It’s just that tradition part of things where you wanna kind of show those guys that we haven’t dropped off and we wanna take those team values that they had to keep excelling.”
At the often over looked position of right guard, Benzschawel is primed for a break out year that puts him into the general chatter around Camp Randall stadium come game days this coming fall.