Redshirt freshman Michael Dieter to start on Badgers O-line
MADISON, Wis. (AP) A redshirt freshman has claimed a starting job on Wisconsin's offensive line.
Coach Paul Chryst said that Michael Dieter has emerged as the starter at right guard following the first week of training camp.
''Dieter as a young guy understands it quicker. He knows what he is preparing for. His standard is pretty high,'' Chryst said Saturday after practice about the 6-foot-6 lineman.
But the unit overall is uncharacteristically unsettled in the preseason at a program known for traditionally having a bulldozing front five.
Biegel, though, was day-to-day following a head injury during position drills on Friday. Benzschawel moved in with the No. 1 unit.
Otherwise, Chryst hasn't encountered many surprises in his first preseason back with the Badgers as head coach. He likes the progress that the Badgers are making heading into a stretch of two-a-days as the team prepares for the season opener against in three weeks against Alabama.
''I'm pleased with the way they are working,'' Chryst said. ''We just have to keep going and grinding away at it.''
So far, Chryst has been impressed.
''I had a sense that Alec and Chris Orr, who weren't with us (in the spring) were smart guys,'' Chryst said. ''But overall my guess is there are fewer surprises than there used to be.''