It’s very rare that two players from the same team make these “Prospects of the Week” articles, but honestly if the list were expanded there would be a few Wisconsin players here to name. The Badgers absolutely demolished the Michigan Wolverines and it was a team effort. Jonathan Taylor posted another Heisman-worthy performance and he isn’t making this article as a premier performer.
Taylor’s 200 yard game was full of jaw dropping plays, but I want to give some love to the man who paved the way for a lot of those runs. Tyler Biadasz manhandled the Wolverines defense from the center position. Biadasz consistently made key blocks in springing Taylor’s biggest runs and as a plus was fantastic as a pass blocker (on the few times Wisconsin had to drop back to pass).
Wisconsin’s 300 yards of rushing on the ground was just another day at the office for the group and Biadasz’ role in that consistent rushing success cannot be understated. This is not to undersell how Jonathan Taylor is and has been, rather to express there is a level of symbiosis in the offense. If Jonathan Taylor is the Jimmy Page of the Wisconsin offense, electrifying the crowd on any given down; then Tyler Biadasz is John Bonham: keeping the offense stable and pounding the hell out of the opponents.
Did I just make a Led Zeppelin reference in 2019?
I promise I am not an old man.
While the Wisconsin offense was off the field, Zack Baun was lighting up the Michigan offense coming off the edge for the Badgers. Baun is a smaller edge defender, a stand up end who uses his speed to overwhelm tackles to create pressure. On Saturday, Baun was monstrous on passing downs; picking up a sack, a load of pressures, a forced fumble and a tipped pass that turned into an interception. Baun also played some good run defense. Important for him to show he can be a three down defender at around 240 pounds. Baun has already eclipsed his sack numbers from last year, picking up a sack in each of Wisconsin’s games this year. He looks further poised to be a force on their defense and could continue to rise as a prospect.