Despite never seeing the field in his time in Madison, Wisconsin redshirt sophomore defensive end Tyler Westphal has decided to transfer to North Dakota State after determining that he was no longer viewed as a key ingredient in Wisconsin's defensive schemes.
Westphal, rated as the No. 1 player in the state while he was a senior in Menasha, WI, redshirted his freshman year at UW and then suffered a serious shoulder injury that required extensive surgery, causing him to miss last season.
After meeting with coaches, Westphal felt that it was time to move on because he didn't believe they intended to make him a key part of the Badger defense next year.
While Westphal may not have seen a whole lot of playing time in 2010, his departure is a significant loss for the Badgers.
He would have provided depth for a defensive line that is somewhat unproven and could have contributed in the future, if not next year.
He was rated as the No. 7 defensive end in the country coming out of high school and therefore certainly had the talent to compete at the top levels. However, his injury, and then his subsequent recovery time, let him fade from the limelight and ultimately left him with the decision he made today.
Westphal will be available to participate for the Bison immediately because of NCAA rules allowing immediate participation if a player transfers to a lower division, of which North Dakota State applies.
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