This is, at least at the moment, not exactly optimal for Wisconsin’s defensive line.
The defending Big Ten West champions entered the 2018 offseason fully aware of the fact that they would need to replace three of their top defensive ends. Redshirt sophomore Isaiahh Loudermilk (pictured) and junior Garrett Rand had been projected as very likely starters coming out of spring practice.
However, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting, there are injury concerns with both of those ends — Lowdermilk because of knee surgery, Rand because of an Achilles injury.
There is cautious optimism that Lowdermilk will be available when the Badgers open summer camp in less than two months. On the Rand front, though, there is some decided pessimism as the lineman could very well be sidelined for the entire 2018 season as a result of an injury he suffered during summer workouts.
“Isaiahh is going through (rehab) and we’ll see where he is at with it,” head coach Paul Chryst said by way of the Journal Sentinel. “Isaiahh has been doing more, which is good. …
“Garrett will be further away. I haven’t gotten the official update.”
This past season, Rand played in 14 games while Loudermilk saw action in 11. The former was credited with 13 tackles, the latter 11.