After several run-ins with his position coach, Casey Dehn left the Wisconsin football program in the middle of last year.
He was welcomed back by head coach Bret Bielema, and exited spring practice as the Badgers’ starting right tackle. Unfortunately for a UW squad that lost three starting lineman to attrition after last season, it appears Dehn won’t be around to help replace the experience lost, either.
Citing a source close to the player, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that Dehn is not expected to return to the team in 2012. No reason was given for the decision, and the school has yet to confirm — or deny — the lineman’s departure.
The 6-6, 335-pound Dehn — Bielema refers to him as “a genetic freak” — played in 17 games the past two seasons, starting one of those contests. In addition to vying for the starting job at right tackle, he was also being looked at as a starting possibility at right guard.