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UW football: Konz gives entertaining glimpse of first meeting with Wilson

UW football: Konz gives entertaining glimpse of first meeting with Wilson

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It has become a Tuesday night ritual, inside the McClain Center.

That's the day designated for interviews with University of Wisconsin offensive players and assistant coaches. Players that get more than a few requests do group interviews.

So, every week, popular junior center Peter Konz holds court for a throng of reporters.

Since it's a big game this week against Nebraska, a lot of national writers are coming through. As a result, many of the topics he gets asked about are old. But Konz has a way of always giving the media fresh material.

Take the much rehashed story of quarterback Russell Wilson coming on his visit and meeting the offensive linemen for the first time. Konz was asked about that again and provided a colorful answer that only he could give.

Konz admitted he had no idea who Wilson was a year ago.

"No, I'm not as big an NCAA football junkie as (senior right guard) Kevin Zeitler is," Konz said. "I don't check the blogs like he does, I don't call people, I don't know opponents' names by heart, by number, by high school, by high school number, by phone number."

Then Konz laughed. One of the engaging things about Konz is his hearty laugh, which peppers most of his stories.

Konz was then asked about the moment seven or eight of the offensive linemen came into the room to meet with Wilson.

"I think we just got done with workouts because I remember being sweaty and (thinking) why a recruit would want to meet us like this," he said. "I didn't really know (who it was), they just said, 'We've got a guy to show you.'

"They kind of briefed us (on) the way down -- we're going to the Fetzer Center, our academic center. (Wilson) just wanted to see who we are. It's (Josh) Oglesby, (Rob) Havenstein, 6-7 guys, me, who is going to be his center, who's 6-5, I'm sure he hasn't seen somebody as tall, let alone 315 pounds.

"Then you've got (Travis) Frederick, who's a tree, just as thick and burly as a man can get. And Zeitler, who can burn a hole through a wall, just by looking at it. I just got the feeling Russell hadn't seen a big line like that. When I say big, I've heard from refs, we must be the biggest line. Maybe I"m underplaying it, a huge line."

Konz said it was one of the seniors that broke the ice and started the conversation with Wilson.

"Then we all kind of put in our tidbits," Konz said. "It's the weirdest thing, trying to think, what is this kid going to like about our program? Do you fish? He's an East Coast guy, coming to Wisconsin. Does he eat cheese curds? Do you watch the Packers? What do you do."

Classic Konz.


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