Erd­mann could make first start at cen­ter

Walk-on from Slinger ready to take over if Bi­adasz is out

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MADI­SON – Michael Deiter un­der­stands as well as any­one the tran­si­tion Wis­con­sin team­mate Ja­son Erd­mann was forced to make against Iowa.

Af­ter prep­ping for al­most the en­tire week to fill in at guard if needed, Erd­mann had to re­place Tyler Bi­adasz at cen­ter for all but one se­ries in the sec­ond half.

Ac­cord­ing to Deiter, the tough­est chal­lenge for Erd­mann, who had worked at left guard in UW’s first nine games, was cor­rectly iden­ti­fy­ing the de­fen­sive front and di­rect­ing the line­men to make the cor­rect combo blocks.

“You work all week at guard and that’s not some­thing you need to think about,” said Deiter, who started a com­bined 16 games at cen­ter and 11 at left guard in his first two sea­sons be­fore mov­ing to left tackle. “You’re think­ing about your guard tech­niques.

“And then go­ing from guard to cen­ter in the mid­dle of the game, you be­come the guy that di­rects the traf­fic and re­ally gets every­one on the same page.”

Bi­adasz, a red­shirt fresh­man from Amherst High School who has started all 10 games this sea­son, suf­fered a left leg in­jury late in the first half against Iowa and played one se­ries in the sec­ond half be­fore com­ing out.

He is listed as ques­tion­able for the game Satur­day against Michi­gan.

Erd­mann, a walk-on from Slinger High School, is ex­pected to make his first start if Bi­adasz isn’t cleared to play.

“For the lit­tle bit of reps he took at cen­ter ... I think he did a re­ally good job,” Deiter said of Erd­mann’s work against Iowa.

"I knew he would be able to block. I just didn’t know if he was go­ing to be as clean as he was . ... He did a re­ally good job of di­rect­ing traf­fic.”

From the in­fir­mary: Safety D’Cota Dixon (right leg) also is ques­tion­able for Satur­day.

Dixon, third on the team in tack­les with 46, did not play at Illi­nois. He played spar­ingly at In­di­ana and did not play against Iowa.

Line­backer Chris Orr, who suf­fered a left-ham­string in­jury at In­di­ana and did not play against Iowa, is out this week.

UW coach Paul Chryst noted he doesn’t an­tic­i­pate se­nior wide re­ceivers Jazz Peavy or Ge­orge Rush­ing will be ready to play any­time soon.

Rush­ing has been out all sea­son with a left-leg in­jury. Peavy was slowed by a right-an­kle in­jury and left the team for per­sonal rea­sons.

Three yards and a cloud of dust?: Kyle May­nard, who be­came the first quadru­ple am­putee to climb Mount Kil­i­man­jaro with­out the aid of pros­thet­ics, spoke to the UW play­ers and coaches on Oct. 17.

May­nard’s in­spi­ra­tional talk, three days af­ter UW im­proved to 6-0 with a 17-9 vic­tory over Pur­due, led the play­ers to adopt a motto for the re­main­der of the sea­son.

“Our motto is 3 feet at a time,” Erd­mann said.

“Just keep chip­ping away at it. We ig­nore the out­side noise and fo­cus on our­selves.

“He said when he was climb­ing the moun­tains all he could do was look three feet in front of him.”

Ex­tra points: UW’s reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale on Nov. 25 at Min­nesota will start at ei­ther 2:30 p.m. or 2:45 p.m. …

Tail­back Jonathan Tay­lor, who rushed 29 times for 157 yards in the vic­tory over Iowa, on Mon­day was named Big Ten fresh­man of the week for the sixth time.

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