Wisconsin Football: Freshman DE Boyd Dietzen

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Wisconsin Football defensive end Boyd Dietzen is the next subject of Badger of Honor’s Freshman Focus series. Get to know the freshman coming to Madison this fall.

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Boyd Dietzen is an in-state product from Kimberly High Schol. He is no stranger to success on the football field, going 56-0 in his high school career. Kimberly currently holds the longest active winning streak in the country with 70 straight wins. The next closest is Soldotna out of Arkansas at 59 in a row.

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During his senior year at Kimberly, he recorded 70 tackles, 20 tackles or a loss and 10 sacks. He earned all-state honors his junior and senior seasons and was the Wisconsin Defensive Player of the Year his senior year.

Not only is Dietzen an all-state football player, he is also a state finalist in track and field. He placed 3rd in shot put and 4th in discus at the Wisconsin State Track and Field meet.

Wisconsin Football is hoping Dietzen can bring that success with him to Madison.

Dietzen is a 6-3 defensive end who reminds you a bit of J.J. Watt. He has a high motor and won’t take plays off in the trenches. Since Wisconsin plays a 3-4 defense, Dietzen will need to add some weight to his frame if he’s going to play defensive end. With the injuries to projected starters Isaiahh Loudermilk and Garrett Rand, Dietzen may be forced into some action early, even though there are some players ahead of him like Logan Bruss.


According to 247 Sports composite, Dietzen is a 3-star defensive end. He is ranked the 26th overall strong-side defensive end and the number one recruit in the state of Wisconsin. Dietzen earned scholarship offers from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa State, Northern Illinois, and Syracuse.

Wisconsin offered him a scholarship on February 19 and he committed to the Badgers the next day.


The Badgers are getting a classic blue-collar football player. A hard worker who didn’t get a lot of national attention, but I think that’s okay with him. In an interview with 247 Sports’ Benjamin Worgull, Dietzen made it clear Wisconsin football was the place for him. “It always was my dream to go there. I knew that it would be the right fit.”

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Dietzen will join a position group at Wisconsin that is known for handling the dirty work. It’s not a glamorous job, and certainly not for the faint of heart.