Football: O-line ready for Alabama no matter who plays on right side

first_imgThe Wisconsin football team released its depth chart Monday in anticipation of its prime-time matchup against No. 3 Alabama Saturday. While Walker Williams and Hayden Biegel are listed as starters on the right side of the offensive line, Joe Rudolph, University of Wisconsin offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, said that isn’t set in stone.Rudolph said Micah Kapoi, who practiced with the first team the past two weeks of training camp, could still rotate in and Rudolph expects him to play at some point Saturday.If Kapoi does enter the game, it’s likely he’d take some snaps for Williams at right guard. It’s hard to envision Kapoi playing at right tackle and taking Biegel’s place since he hasn’t played the tackle position in college.Kapoi said although he would’ve liked to see his name as a starter, he sees it as a chance to prove himself.“Now I just need to lock everything in,” Kapoi said. “I’ve got the basics down. Now I just gotta get in the film room, that’s the biggest thing.”Kapoi is also listed as the backup center, a position he feels comfortable playing, he said.Biegel, Williams Return to PracticeBiegel had been sidelined for more than two weeks with a concussion. He’s battled concussions his entire playing career, he said.Williams, meanwhile, only had mild concussion-like symptoms and was out just a week. After Biegel and fellow right tackle Beau Benzschawel went down, Williams moved to tackle, but is now back at guard, which he prefers.“I’m feeling real comfortable at right guard, even though I can play tackle,” Williams said. “I think I might’ve found a home settling in at guard.”With their health back, Biegel and Williams have quite the challenge in front of them, when they’ll both be making their first career college starts.Alabama’s defensive line boasts three all-SEC defensive ends, A’Shawn Robinson (first-team), Jonathan Allen (second-team) and Jarran Reed (third-team).“I think it’s pretty big time if your first start is against Alabama and one of the best d-lines in the country,” Williams said. “It’s a great opportunity to see really how good we are.”One of the main challenges with that is the lack of time the right side has spent playing together. Tuesday was the first practice that Biegel and Williams had pads on together.  Communication between the two was a point of emphasis for the pair during practice this week, they said. The challenge of playing together for the first time is exacerbated by the formidable Alabama defensive line.Regardless, Biegel said that despite the limited number of snaps with Williams to his inside, he feels comfortable with him there.“You always wish you could have more snaps with somebody,” Biegel said. “That’s just what it is. I’m comfortable right now working with Walker.”Williams said right now he and Biegel are erring on the side of more communication and still getting a feel for one another.“It’s one of those things where you don’t know exactly what they know, or you don’t know what they see,” Williams said.last_img

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