- The Badgers suffered a tough defeat to Iowa on Saturday losing 10-6.
Many point to the Badgers ineffective running game.
Wisconsin is without star tailback Corey Clement.
Now a sophomore fullback from Land O' Lakes has been called upon to help open the run game.
The Badgers installed the Diamond two weeks ago in hopes of improving the run game. The formation puts two fullbacks in the backfield. That includes Northland Pines graduate Austin Ramesh. The two fullbacks can be used as blockers for the running back.
"You're prying to see what can get you into a rhythm and I thought it gave us something," Badgers Head Coach Paul Chryst said.
"It worked perfect to me, you know we had to keep going, we had to keep making plays," Freshman Running Back Taiwan Deal said. "That's the biggest thing about. We just needed to make plays."
The Badgers didn't make the plays on Saturday. They turned the ball over four times, went four of 13 on third down, and never scored a touchdown. The team says it has the talent to have a consistent run game.
"It has to that's the team we are," Ramesh said. "We've got to be balanced on offense and be able to convert on third down, on the goal line whenever we have to and we've got to be able to run the ball to do that."
Now Ramesh has a great opportunity to help the Badgers. It all goes back to Ramesh just wanting to be on the field if that means he can pull the Badgers closer to victory."
"We're going to go to whatever can work so any opportunity I get to be on the field, I want to make the most of it," said Ramesh.
The Badgers will try to get the ground game going Saturday against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.