The University of Wisconsin offensive line was stretched to the breaking point in preseason camp.
Not only were starting right guard Kevin Zeitler and backup right tackle Rob Havenstein out last week with ankle injuries, senior starting right tackle Josh Oglesby doesn’t participate in the second practice of two-a-days and backup right guard Dallas Lewallen (knee) left camp early.
Two of the players who helped the Badgers survive were sophomores Ryan Groy and Casey Dehn. Groy often pulled double duty, filling in at right guard for Zeitler and continuing to get work as the backup center.
Dehn filled in at whatever tackle position he was needed the most and also can play guard in a pinch.
With Zeitler and Havenstein expected back today and no more two-a-days, the worst appears to be over.
Oglesby, who has endured six knee surgeries, is making progress at seems to have gotten stronger and should be the starting right tackle.
“In my opinion, he’s playing as good a football as he’s played since he’s been here,” Badgers coach Bret Bielema said. “He’s playing with a little bit of an edge to him. “We’ve been pretty good with his workload. He has only worked on the one-a-days and he’s handled it pretty well. Now, we’re in the home stretch, all of our double days are done from this point forward. I hope it continues for him.”
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