UW Football: Questions Answered: Defense


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MADISON, Wis. — The question to Wisconsin junior offensive lineman Michael Deiter provoked a lively, instantaneous response.

Looking across the line of scrimmage, is there a defensive player for the Badgers who really made an impression on you during spring drills?

"Isaiahh Loudermilk," Deiter said emphatically.

Loudermilk is a 6-foot-7, 296-pound redshirt freshman end from Howard, Kansas. He spent 15 spring practice sessions impressing observers with his athleticism, awareness and technique.

Deiter is a versatile two-year starter at center and left guard who saw a lot of Loudermilk during spring practices that ended last week.

"He's a guy who'll be a really good player for us in the fall and will have a really special career," Deiter said. "He's made by far the biggest strides I've seen."

In what regard?

"Football IQ," Deiter said, "and his technique has gotten tremendously better.

"Just having to block him has gotten so much harder. Obviously he's huge; he's a big kid, so he's got that going for him. He's gotten smarter and his technique's gotten better. He's always had the right work ethic, so this was bound to happen."

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