ARBOR VITAE - There were two constants for the Wisconsin Badgers last year.
The first: running back Johnathan Taylor making explosive plays. The second: fullback Austin Ramesh clearing the way for him.
Northland Pines' former star running back served as one of Taylor's lead blockers last season.
Those around Wisconsin's program still have fond memories of him.
Six months later, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez can't stop talking about Ramesh hurdling over a University of Miami cornerback in the Orange Bowl.
"That was ridiculous, to see a fullback catch a ball in the flat and hurdle an athletic corner from Miami," said Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez.
Northland Pines fans became accustomed to Ramesh's athleticism long ago when he was a star running back for the Eagles from 2010 to 2013.
At an event in Arbor Vitae celebrating the future of Wisconsin football, head coach Paul Chryst couldn't help getting sentimental about his graduated fullback.
"I flat-out love Austin Ramesh," Chryst said. "He's a heck of a person and he played really, really good football last year and that was fun to be a part of and see."
Now that Ramesh is gone, Chryst will likely turn to junior Alec Ingold.
"Ingold played a lot of football as well and he's a good football player," Chryst said. "Each year you lose some guys and it gives opportunities for new ones."
After seeing their team win the last season, Wisconsin fans are thinking about a championship this year.
"No group will have bigger expectations than our team," Chryst said.
And even though the focus lies on the future, Ramesh's mark on Wisconsin football will not soon be forgotten.
"He was a dependable player," Alvarez said.
Ramesh retired from football in May due to concern over head injuries.