During the summer doldrums of sports news, many college football fans are starved for news and information regarding their favorite teams.
With that in mind, we at B5Q have decided to take a more detailed look at each walk-on contributor and scholarship player on the Wisconsin Badgers football roster for 2020 in a running feature, our 2020 returnee profiles.
Each weekday we will breakdown one player on the football roster to look back at their recruiting process, their career as a Badger to this juncture and lastly preview their potential contribution to the team in 2020 and beyond.
Up today, Josh Seltzner.
Name: Josh Seltzner
Position: offensive guard
2020 eligibility: redshirt junior
Recruiting info out of HS: 247 composite 2-star, No. 177 offensive guard, Columbus, Wis.
2017 recruitment: An all-state selection his senior season, Josh Seltzner earned all-conference honors on each side of the line multiple times during his high school career at Columbus. His high school accolades resulted in scholarship opportunities at Indiana State and North Dakota, but the athletic, multi-sport athlete instead opted to walk-on at Wisconsin.
Career statistics: 26 games played, with four starts
2019 statistics: 14 games played, with four starts
Player overview: After initially walking-on at Wisconsin, Josh Seltzner was awarded a scholarship back in 2018. Nicknamed “Buffalo Head,” Seltner quickly flashed the combination of size, strength, and athleticism at 6-foot-4 and 327 pounds that made him a viable candidate to help the team out early in his career.
Following a redshirt season, Seltzner played in 12 games as a redshirt freshman, and proceeded to have a great fall camp that put him in a position to play meaningful minutes in 2019. He earned the start at right guard in the opening game at USF, and would go on to split time for most of the season with Jason Erdmann at the position.
Best case scenario for 2020: After two seasons of playing along the interior of the Wisconsin offensive line in various capacities, Josh Seltzner puts it all together and becomes the primary starter at right guard in 2020.
An extremely smart and athletic lineman, Seltzner becomes a reliable piece of Joe Rudolph’s puzzle on the line for the foreseeable future during his final two years on campus.
Likely role on team in 2020: Seltzner will be one of the leading candidates to assume a starting role full-time next season. The Badgers lose three players inside after David Moorman and Jason Erdmann each graduated, and Tyler Biadasz was selected in the NFL Draft. There will be some competition for both guard spots and the starting center position, but Seltzner appears to be one of the better options on paper for one of the three open positions.