Got flashy receivers? Keep 'em.
Diva quarterback? Not interested.
Spotlight-hogging cornerbacks? Try somewhere else.
At the University of Wisconsin, the offensive lineman is the star of the show. Madison is one of the few places where they reserve rock star status for the perennial unsung heroes of the gridiron, and the trenches double as a pedestal.
Success is a double-edged sword, though, as the Badgers lost stalwart linemen Peter Konz to the draft as a junior. Other inexperienced players will get their first taste of prime time and will test the unit's "next man in" mentality. The predictions and pre-season rankings have begun to hit mailboxes and inboxes, and it seems the Badgers have a steeper mountain to climb in 2012.
Regardless, the "Big Uglies" are ready for their close-up.