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Wisconsin C Tyler Biadasz to return for redshirt junior season

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A big piece of the offensive line stays with the program and does not turn pro.

NCAA Football: Brigham Young at Wisconsin Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

A significant piece of the Wisconsin Badgers offensive line will be back for 2019, as UW announced on Thursday that redshirt sophomore Tyler Biadasz will return for his redshirt junior season.

In 2018, the 6’3, 319-pound Biadasz claimed consensus first-team All-Big Ten honors, along with an honorable mention All-American selection from College Football News. He helped anchor an offensive line that rushed for 273.4 yards per contest—sixth-best in the nation as of Jan. 3. That included a 333-yard performance on the ground against Miami in the 2018 Pinstripe Bowl win. Pro Football Focus also rated him with an 88.7 grade, the best in the nation for a center.

In two seasons, Biadasz has started all 27 games he has played in.

This undoubtedly gives Wisconsin a huge boost to one of its key position groups, as one of the nation’s top collegiate centers will come back to the offense. Head coach Paul Chryst and offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Joe Rudolph will still have to replace three of the team’s five starters on the line. Redshirt seniors Michael Deiter and Beau Benzschawel exhausted their eligibility, while redshirt junior right tackle David Edwards declared for the 2019 NFL Draft earlier this week.

However, there is quite the depth on the offensive line that should be able to fill in those holes. On Wednesday, B5Q’s Owen Riese predicted the projected depth chart on offense.