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See those names in the picture? Only Rick Wagner and Travis Frederick should be recognizable, and that alone has spelled trouble for the Badgers thus far in 2012.
Year after year, the Badgers have lost offensive linemen to graduation—with some entering the NFL—and year after year, the next man in line has stepped up and done the job.
It's something Badger fans have grown accustomed to, which makes the first two games of the 2012 season rather eye-opening.
Heisman hopeful—or at least at one point—Montee Ball has been held to under four yards a carry so far this season, and a large part of that is due to the new faces up front who are attempting to clear a path for Ball to run.
In comparison, Ball ran for just under 6.5 yards a carry in his first two games of 2011. On Saturday against Oregon State, Ball only managed 61 yards on 15 carries.
One beacon of hope for Montee Ball's Heisman dreams comes from the following statistic: through two weeks of play in 2011, Ball had 181 rushing yards—a relatively slow start compared to how he performed the remainder of the year. This season, Ball also has 181 yards on the ground.
Getting back to the offensive line, it's tough to tell if the unit is having difficulty adjusting to new blocking schemes (the Badgers also have a new O-line coach in Mike Markuson), or if these guys just aren't that good.
Who knew that the departure of two coordinators would create such havoc in Madison?
UPDATE: Markuson was reportedly fired Sunday night (via BadgerBlitz.com)