Tackle Deiter toughs out an­kle in­jury

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - UW REPLAY - JEFF POTRYKUS

PROVO, UTAH – Wis­con­sin left tackle Michael

Deiter was hurt­ing, strug­gling to shake off a righ­tan­kle in­jury.

UW’s staff no­ticed the red­shirt ju­nior in ob­vi­ous dis­tress late in the sec­ond quar­ter Saturday against BYU and sent out a trainer and No. 2 left tackle Cole

Van La­nen to re­place Deiter.

With the Badgers fac­ing sec­ond and 11 at the Cougars’ 15 and less than a minute left in the half, Deiter wasn’t budg­ing.

He re­fused to leave the field, send­ing the trainer and red­shirt fresh­man tackle back to the side­line. Tough­ness or lu­nacy? What­ever your choice, Deiter stayed on the field and a few sec­onds later was cel­e­brat­ing a 15-yard touch­down pass from

Alex Horni­brook to Quin­tez Ce­phus.

So what did he say to the trainer and Van La­nen when they came onto the field?

“I can’t say it word for word,” Deiter said. “I just said: ‘Cole, I’ll take it.’

“That is the PG ver­sion.”

Right guard Beau Ben­zschawel, who bat­tled through a right-an­kle in­jury suf­fered in Week 2, smiled and added: “There was some pro­fan­ity.”

Deiter, who was slow to get up af­ter the pre­vi­ous play, tested the an­kle to make sure he was still ca­pa­ble.

“You’ll know in­stantly whether you can keep play­ing or not,” he said. “I thought I’d be OK. And I’m fine. It’s just some pain.”

The pain was eased a few sec­onds later when Deiter watched Ce­phus haul in Horni­brook’s pass for a touch­down to help UW build its lead to 24-3 with 25 sec­onds left in the half.

Deiter pumped his arms and did a lit­tle dance and then walked di­rectly to the UW locker room. He started the sec­ond half, how­ever, and went most of the way un­til the No. 2 unit got work in the fourth quar­ter.

“It was awe­some,” Deiter said. “That was su­per cool when we scored. I wanted to go run and cel­e­brate but I was hurt­ing so I got off the field.

“But it was still re­ally cool. I was do­ing what I could.”

Deiter’s play was just one in a game that lasted 2 hours 59 min­utes.

But his dis­play of tough­ness res­onated.

“I think it says a lot,” said UW coach Paul

Chryst, adding he trusted the med­i­cal staff and Deiter’s un­der­stand­ing of what he could tol­er­ate. “It says you guys are im­por­tant to me and I want to keep play­ing.

“And I think our guys en­joyed play­ing to­gether today. I felt that on the side­lines. That was fun.”

Bush­man quiet: UW’s de­fend­ers knew that if they could con­trol fresh­man tight end Matt Bush­man they prob­a­bly could frus­trate BYU’s pass­ing game.

Bush­man en­tered the game with 13 catches for 149 yards, both team-high marks. Bush­man fin­ished with one catch for 9 yards.

“He was a huge point of em­pha­sis,” said UW line­backer T.J. Ed­wards, who in­ter­cepted the first pass thrown to­ward Bush­man. “Watched him on film all week. He is a re­ally tal­ented


Jake Fer­gu­son and Gabe Loyd worked on UW’s scout team dur­ing the week to fill the role of Bush­man in the Cougars’ of­fense.

“Our scout team did a great job," Ed­wards said, “just mak­ing us work. That was awe­some.”

Tay­lor im­presses

again: Fresh­man tail­back

Jonathan Tay­lor didn’t get into the open field and run away from de­fend­ers Saturday.

His long­est run of the day was 18 yards.

Yet that doesn’t mean Tay­lor didn’t im­press as he car­ried 18 times for 128 yards (7.1-yard av­er­age) and a touch­down.

Tay­lor be­came the first UW fresh­man to run for at least 100 yards in con­sec­u­tive games since Corey Cle­ment in 2013.

He made de­ci­sive cuts and ran hard be­tween the tack­les. The re­sult was seven runs of 11 yards or more.

“So of­ten backs, in par­tic­u­lar young backs,” Chryst said, “when they want to make that big play it be­comes a lat­eral world. It is kind of all or noth­ing.

“Hav­ing the pa­tience to take what’s there…,” is a use­ful skill. Hintze gets the call: Zach Hintze re­placed P.J.

Rosowski (strained quadri­ceps) on kick­offs for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive week.

Hintze, who recorded four touch­backs on six kicks in his first ac­tion, was 4 for 7 against BYU. That brings his sea­son mark to eight touch­backs on 13 kick­offs (61.5%).

UW’s cov­er­age unit did its job on the three kicks BYU re­turned.

The Cougars had re­turns of 14, 22 and 14 yards.

Rosowski trav­eled and was in uni­form but only be­cause he is the No. 2 holder on place­ments.

Ex­tra points: UW gen­er­ated 265 pass­ing yards and 235 rush­ing yards against BYU, giv­ing the Badgers three games this sea­son with at least 200 yards in both cat­e­gories. UW ac­com­plished that feat just twice in 14 games last sea­son…

Red­shirt fresh­man wide re­ceiver Ken­dric

Pryor, who missed the fi­nal week of camp and UW's first two games while re­cov­er­ing from fa­cial in­juries suf­fered in a scooter ac­ci­dent, made his de­but Saturday.

BYU’s 192 yards of of­fense was the worst per­for­mance by a UW op­po­nent since the Badgers held Rut­gers to 165 yards in 2015 in Madi­son.


Jonathan Tay­lor is con­grat­u­lated by Badgers team­mate Michael Deiter af­ter scor­ing a touch­down in the first quar­ter.

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