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 next, Logan Bruss.
Name: Logan Bruss
Position: offensive tackle
2020 eligibility: redshirt junior
Recruiting info out of HS: 247 Composite 3-star, No. 28 offensive guard, Kimberly
2017 recruitment: A native of Kimberly, Bruss chose the home state Badgers over offers from Michigan, Nebraska, Illinois and Colorado State among others. Rated as the fourth best prospect in the state, the Badgers were all over Bruss from the jump and were the first Power Five school to offer him. Bruss committed in February of his junior year before enrolling at Madison in the fall of 2017.
Career statistics: 25 games played, 15 starts
2019 statistics: 12 starts at right tackle
Player overview: Bruss was a steady presence on Wisconsin’s offensive line in 2019, starting 12 games at right tackle. Besides left tackle Cole Van Lanen, Bruss is the Badgers’ most experienced offensive linemen and is a sure fire starter at either right tackle or guard in 2020.
The redshirt junior saw action in 13 games as a freshman in 2018, including three starts at right tackle while David Edwards was out injured. Bruss’ Wisconsin career is similar to many offensive linemen in the program who have benefited from redshirting. After a year in the weight room, Bruss worked his way into the two-deep as a freshman before winning the job at right tackle in training camp last fall as a sophomore.
Best case scenario for 2020: Bruss emerges as one of the best offensive tackles in the Big Ten and starts every game for the Badgers at right tackle. The tackle duo of Bruss and Van Lanen keep quarterback Jack Coan upright and pave the way for a potent rushing attack. After his breakout 2020 season, the redshirt junior decides to declare for the draft, where NFL scouts project him to be a third or fourth round pick as either a tackle or guard.
Likely role on team in 2020: After a solid season playing the position a year ago, Bruss will most likely start at right tackle again in 2020. Depending on how highly the coaching staff thinks of tackle Tyler Beach, as well as the development of former five-star recruit Logan Brown, there is a scenario where Bruss could move inside to guard. However, Bruss was so reliable at right tackle last season that I think Paul Chryst and Joe Rudolph will have him slotted there when training camp opens. Heading into his fourth year in the program, Bruss will be relied upon as a leader and major contributor up front for the Badgers this season.