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Wisconsin football: Garrett Groshek will not return to UW for sixth year

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The former walk-on out of Amherst Junction will be trying to make an NFL roster next fall.

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On Saturday morning it was announced that Wisconsin Badgers senior RB Garrett Groshek will not be using the free year of eligibility and returning to Madison for a sixth year. Scott Williams, a multi-media freelance sports journalist according to his Twitter profile, broke the news.

Groshek rushed for 300 yards on 67 carries (4.5 ypc) and two touchdowns this past year while also adding 22 catches for 119 yards. The versatile tailback, who was often used as a third down back early in his career, took on a larger role this year due to Nakia Watson’s injury and Jalen Berger’s inexperience.

For his career, Groshek rushed for 1,216 yards on 235 carries (5.2 ypc) and seven scores while catching 79 passes for 611 yards and one more touchdown. It should also be noted that he completed one pass, for nine yards, during his freshman campaign. We told you he was versatile.

He will now turn his focus to the NFL Draft where, if he has good workouts, he might get a look as an undrafted free agent. He brings a lot of the same skills to the table that Jacksonville Jaguars, and former Badgers, RB Dare Ogunbowale has. His departure, along with Watson entering the transfer portal, will leave a lot of carries open in Madison next year behind Berger.

Hopefully Julius Davis and Isaac Guerendo are healthy and ready for some more reps because they are there for the taking. Freshmen Antwan Roberts, Loyal Crawford and Jackson Acker (depending on what position he ends up playing) could also be in line for some carries if they impress in fall camp.