Badger Bits: Can Allen play defensive end?

Can Wisconsin use their depth at defensive tackle to replace J.J. Watt?

Reminder- only 10 days until the Wisconsin spring football game! Mark your calendars!

I think everyone on the Wisconsin coaching staff knew going into spring that replacing defensive end J.J. Watt wasn't going to be an easy task. Watt was a constant defensive threat, and his leadership in the locker room can't be forgotten. However, it looks like defensive line coach Charlie Partridge isn't ruling anything out when it comes to replacing one of Wisconsin's rising stars.

Defensive tackle Beau Allen is taking a few reps at defensive end this spring, according to Tom Mulhern of Madison.com. Allen has dropped 20 pounds since last season, putting him at 320 for the spring. According to Mulhern, Allen is very athletic for his size, and his footwork is highly regarded. If Allen demonstrates an ability to play both defensive tackle and defensive end, all the better for the Badgers.

Granted, it is just spring practice. David Gilbert is still the presumptive starter this fall, across from Louis Nzegwu, but wouldn't it be interesting if Partridge finds a way to use Wisconsin's depth at defensive tackle to fill Watt's shoes?

The Wisconsin Athletic Department made some news over the last day and a half, so let's start with the earliest news. The Athletic Department announced Monday afternoon it hired former Stanford assistant Bobbie Kelsey to coach the women's basketball team.

Tom Oates of Madison.com writes that it's time for the women's program to get serious about taking the team to the next level.

Dennis Punzel of Madison.com says the women's basketball team is open to change for the better.

Also, Barry Alvarez's right hand man is leaving Madison for Miami, where he will be the Hurricanes' new Athletic Director.

ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg has a Q and A with Wisconsin defensive coordinator Chris Ash.

Jeff Potrykus says head coach Bret Bielema wants his players to keep pushing up to the Spring Game.

Finally, Max Henson of the Badger Herald writes that Peter Konz is finding his voice as a leader on the football team. 

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