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Purdue at Wisconsin: Michael Deiter to start at center, D.J. Gillins moves to wide receiver

Another offensive line combination appears to be on the horizon for Wisconsin as they take on Purdue.

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It looks like the Wisconsin Badgers are likely to trot out their fifth combination of starters on the offensive line this season when they face the struggling Purdue Boilermakers.

This'll be only their seventh game played so far this season.

Redshirt freshman Michael Deiter is expected to start in place of the injured junior Dan Voltz at center.'s Mike Lucas reported the probable position change on Saturday morning via Twitter.

Voltz was injured at the end of Wisconsin's 23-21 victory against Nebraska last Saturday. Per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Jeff Potrykus, the junior and Rimington Award watch list nominee practiced this week despite the arm injury, but it appears they'll go with the versatile second-year player in Deiter. Lucas did report Voltz could be used in an emergency situation.

Deiter has started at left guard for the first six games of the season. He does have experience at the center position, as he enrolled early in 2014 and gained valuable playing time at first-team center during spring practices last year when both Voltz and guard Dallas Lewallen were limited.

Expect then junior Walker Williams and redshirt freshman Micah Kapoi to play at the guard positions against the Boilermakers.

D.J. Gillins at wide receiver?

ESPN Wisconsin's Zach Heilprin reported redshirt freshman D.J. Gillins started practicing at wide receiver this week in hopes of playing time this season. Lucas also tweeted the former four-star recruit took reps at the position as well, and also noted he could see time on special teams on Saturday against Purdue.

Heilrpin noted the expectation is for Gillins to move back to quarterback after the season.