In a post by Jeff Potrykus on JSOnline.com he stated sources close to expected RT starter Casey Dehn as saying he will not be with the program come the fall semester. It appears that despite his best efforts academic issues are getting the best of him this summer.
Dehn played in five of the Badgers first six games last season before academic issues caught up to him and he was no longer with the team, well that and an apparent issue with Bob Bostad (ex-UW O-Line coach and current Tampa Bay O-Line coach).
It does leave a major hole as he was expected to be a big contributor, coming out of Spring at the top of the depth chart at right tackle, but we will have more on that as we go along in our "Camping with the Badgers" series to preview the team coming into fall camp.
Oh, and if you've been under a rock or out of the universe in the past 24 hours or so there was this little thing called sancations against Penn State, sanctions that included a postseason ban by the NCAA and the Big Ten, so to no one's surprise Wisconsin became a huge favorite in the Leaders division this coming season, also according to JSOnline.com.
On that note, it's clear that Bill O'Brien is doing a full frontal assualt to keep his Penn State players in the now, not so Happy Valley. That included an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show with guest host Bonnie Bernstien and more interviews.
For a complete side note, in case you missed it on Twitter yesterday, with the stripping of all wins from 1998 to 2011 from Penn State the Nittany Lions last win came against the Badgers in the 1997 season and Mike McQueary was the QB for PSU in that game. Seems wierd and strangely ironic if you ask me.
On the macro-level of the Big Ten we all know Wisconsin will play in some big time games, but according to Off Tackle Empire the Badgers will be part of three of the top five games involving Big Ten teams in the upcoming season. It's hard to argue about that when you consider the games at Nebraska and vs. both Ohio State and Michigan State.
Adam Rittenberg and Brian Bennett continue to rank the top units in the Big Ten and it's the offensive line that gets the treatment this time around. Coming in 1st? It's Wisconsin of course, duh. We missed it earlier, but on Friday the individual players along the offensive line were ranked and Wisconsin had No.'s 2 & 3 in Ricky Wagner and Travis Frederick.
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