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August 29, 2013Follow @JohnVeldhuis
MADISON, Wis. - Center Dan Voltz (hamstring) practiced towards the end of the week, and Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen said the redshirt freshman will get in to the game on Saturday against the UMass Minutemen. But after Voltz missed a good chunk of the end of camp, Andersen said that Dallas Lewallen will get the start in the middle.
But even though Lewallen will get the nod, both players will see time at center against UMass. Andersen said the Badgers will rotate a lot of guys on the offensive line, giving them a chance to shore up a shaky depth chart.
"I hope that we're in a position to play seven or eight of those kids," Andersen said.
The Badgers are also trying to shore up some of their depth issues now that Voltz is back in the mix. With Lewallen and Voltz battling for playing time, Andersen also said that senior center Chris Gill will start to work at guard in the coming days.
At right guard, Andersen said "we'll see" when asked if Zac Matthias will get the start on Saturday. Matthias is still battling with Kyle Costigan for that job, after Costigan missed time at the end of camp with a knee injury.
"It depends, they'll rotate," Andersen said. "I think you'll see a couple kids go through that guard position. It should be good for us."
News and Notes:
"You just kind of prepare as it was last year, and really prepare for anything you think they're going to do," Andersen said. "Sometimes you out-prepare for that first game, 'cause you're looking at them all summer."
"I'm just excited to unleash them," Andersen said. "To open up the gates and let them run. It's going to be very interesting. The thing I'm excited about is watching them go, watching them play an aggressive style. I think they're prepared, but you never know until they're out there."
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