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Wisconsin confirms walk-ons Jason Erdmann, Tyler Johnson are now on scholarship

Congrats to the two Badgers.

Tyler Johnson during a spring practice. Jake Kocorowski

After the Wisconsin Badgers’ fifth fall camp practice, a UW confirmed on Monday that outside linebacker Tyler Johnson and offensive lineman Jason Erdmann are on scholarship.

According to the official, Johnson received his scholarship during the spring, while Erdmann recently was put on scholarship.

Johnson stepped up in 14 games last season as the fourth outside linebacker in the position group after Zack Baun was lost for the season due to a foot injury. Last year, the 6’3, 240-pound Mensaha, Wis., native recorded eight tackles, two for loss, along with a sack and two forced fumbles.

“Throughout summer, my goal was just to get as big, as fast, as strong as I could,” Johnson said at media day on Aug. 1, “because once the season comes around, the only goal I really have is to put myself into a position to be somebody who goes out there and does whatever he has to help this team succeed and make the team better from what I can do.”

Erdmann played in all 14 games last year and was an instrumental reserve for Wisconsin’s offensive line. He spelled both Jon Dietzen and Tyler Biadasz at left guard and center, respectively, at times when both faced injuries.

The Slinger, Wis., native is a versatile interior lineman and provides much needed depth for offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Joe Rudolph’s position group.