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.
Today our featured returnee is former 5-star offensive lineman Logan Brown.
Name: Logan Brown
Position: offensive tackle
2020 eligibility: redshirt freshman
Recruiting info out of HS: 247 Composite 5-star, No. 4 offensive tackle, Grand Rapids, Mich.
2019 Recruitment: Brown was a huge, literally, recruiting win for the Badgers in the 2019 class. He was the only 5-star player in the class and a top-20 overall player in the nation. Akron was the first school to offer Brown, back on June 11th of 2016 and the Badgers quickly followed with their offer on the 16th.
Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Penn State, Alabama, Kentucky, UNC and many others all offered Brown, but after trending towards Michigan for a bit in August 2017 he ended up committing to UW on November 19th, 2017 (allegedly right after the Badgers beat Michigan).
Career statistics: no games played (redshirt)
2019 statistics: no games played (redshirt)
Player overview: Standing 6-foot-6 and weighing 310 pounds, Brown has prototypical size for an offensive tackle. He is quick, strong and plays hard. It’s almost like he was built in a lab to be a Wisconsin Badgers left tackle. When he committed, our Andrew Rosin had this to say: “He’s a knee-bender with good agility, which allows him to be a tailor-made left tackle as he’s not going to get bulled into a quarterback. When you add to that the motor and the power being listed at 6’6, 285 pounds provides? It goes without saying that he’s got the skills to be a cornerstone talent.”
Best case scenario for 2020: He’s fully healthy and able to earn the starting left tackle job. That’s it, that’s the best case scenario. That is extremely unlikely as Cole Van Lanen is entrenched as the starting left tackle and is an all-conference performer. A more realistic goal would be for the fully healthy Brown to assume to Left Tackle In Waiting position and backup Van Lanen all year.
Likely role on team in 2020: He’s Van Lanen’s backup, he plays some backup snaps in games where the Badgers are winning big and he impresses in practice so no one is worried about what the left tackle position will look like in 2021.