Badgers football: Michael Deiter gets snaps at left tackle
With redshirt sophomore David Edwards (left ankle) out for the third straight practice, center Michael Deiter took another shot at playing left tackle during the drill portion of the University of Wisconsin’s spring game Friday night at Camp Randall Stadium.
Deiter, a redshirt junior, started all 27 games for the Badgers over the past two years at either guard or center, but depth on the interior of the line leaves the possibility open of him moving to tackle.
“Absolutely there’s a chance,” coach Paul Chryst said of Deiter playing left tackle in the fall. “I think he said to me tonight, he goes, ‘I’m much more athletic than people give me credit for.’ He didn’t look out of place. How it’s going to shape out, I really don’t know, but spring’s a great time to work on those things.”
Deiter said Tuesday that redshirt freshman Tyler Biadasz has impressed UW’s coaching staff to the point where moving Deiter to guard or tackle may help the Badgers field their best five linemen when the season begins. Edwards, named the starting left tackle before spring ball began, could be moved back to right tackle where he started the final seven games of last year.
UW also has three guards — Beau Benzschawel, Jon Dietzen and Micah Kapoi — who have started games. If Deiter does prove himself capable of excelling at tackle, it could relieve some major depth concerns at the position.
“I think that we’ve always kind of had the philosophy of get your best players on the field,” Chryst said. “We’ll have camp and different things will come up in camp and we’ll have to shuffle it and we’ll see. But I think it’s whatever we need to do to get the best five on the field, and then you’re developing your depth. So, the more guys can do, play different spots, whether it be right side, left side, center, guard or tackle, it’s helpful, no doubt.”
The Badgers rested the majority of their key players for the scrimmage.
UW’s first drive included redshirt freshman Kare Lyles at quarterback and no returning starters from last season.
Some potential first-teamers did play, including running backs Bradrick Shaw and Chris James, safety Natrell Jamerson and wide receiver Quintez Cephus.
Those who participated in drills but sat out the scrimmage included Deiter, Beau Benzschawel, Jazz Peavy, Alex Hornibrook, Alec James, Conor Sheehy, Olive Sagapolu, Leon Jacobs, Garret Dooley, Jack Cichy, Nick Nelson and Derrick Tindal.
Former UW players Corey Clement, Rob Wheelwright, Bart Houston, Andrew Endicott and Joe Schobert were in attendance. … Running back Sam Brodner suffered an apparent injury — possibly to his left knee — on a run during the scrimmage. He was helped off the field and did not return.