Raul Vazquez | January 9th, 2020
Through all the success that Wisconsin has had at offensive line, Tyler Biadasz was the first center in Wisconsin’s history to win the Rimington Trophy that is awarded to the nation’s most outstanding center. The three-year starter at center announced yesterday that he will be entering the draft joining underclassmen Jonathan Taylor and Quintez Cephus. Much like Taylor, the decision does not come as much of a surprise but the decorated junior now makes it official.
The rise to success has been remarkable for Biadasz. He went from never having played center before Wisconsin to being named the best in the nation. After redshirting his freshman year, Biadasz went on to start the next 41 games over the next three years without missing a start. He was the leader of an offensive line that opened up holes for star running back Taylor and a Wisconsin ground game that was one of the best in the country over the last three years.
In 2019 he was named a unanimous All-American and Rimington Trophy winner while being one of the leaders on a Badgers squad that won the Big Ten West and secured a Rose Bowl berth.
Biadasz made the announcement with a video via his Twitter:
“Playing for the Badgers was always a dream for me, but the last three years have been more than a dream. I’ve been blessed to be part of this program and I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished together,” Biadasz said. “We’re a family and it’s hard to say goodbye to my teammates and coaches, but I’ll always be a Badger.”
Thank you Wisconsin for all the great memories and letting me fulfill my lifelong dream of being a Badger. I look forward to competing at the highest level. The NFL has always been my biggest dream and I can’t thank enough all the people that helped me along the way. #GodisGood pic.twitter.com/jTsU9k2ON1— Tyler Biadasz (@TylerBiadasz) January 8, 2020
“Tyler has been a great leader for us. He truly epitomizes what it means to be a Badger,” Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst said in UW’s official release. “His toughness, work ethic and devotion to his teammates has led both to his individual success and our team success. He is an outstanding person and I wish him the best as he starts the next chapter of his career.”
Biadasz is currently the top center on Todd McShay’s board and is projected to go in the late first-round or early second round. He finished the season as the top-rated center by PFF and is looking to become the tenth Wisconsin offensive lineman in the NFL to continue UW’s case for ‘O-Line U’.
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