Usually a strong point for the Wisconsin football team, the offensive line is somewhat of a disappointment this year. We’ve been hearing all offseason about the depth and how some of the underclassmen were making moves towards starting spots. Well, some underclassmen have been starting. While that’s true, there has been a lot of shuffling throughout the game.
Their performance against Penn State was very concerning. It felt like the Nittany Lions were constantly getting pressure on Mertz. I think that was a part of the reason why he struggled so much in the opening game.
The second game was much better. They were able to open big holes for the running back to get through. As an offense, the Wisconsin football team ran for 352 yards against the Eagles. The line also protected Mertz a lot better. He had plenty of time in the pocket to make some nice throws. There’s a reason he looked better in the second game: the offensive line played a lot better.
I’m also going to bump the grade up a bit because Logan Bruss had his running back’s back after a dirty play by an Eastern Michigan play.
As the season goes on, I’m sure there will be more consistency and cohesion. Offensive line coach Joe Rudolph will figure out the right combination and I’m sure they will be one of the top units in the conference again. They just have to figure out what combination works. I’ve said before that the team will only go as far as Graham Mertz can take them. Having a great offensive line will be the key to his success.