Friday, September 23, 2011

Borland plays linebacker and defensive end

When the University of Wisconsin football team breaks into 1-on-1 pass rushes during practice, sophomore middle linebacker Chris Borland heads to the other end of the field to work in 7-on-7 passing drills.
Some of the biggest plays Borland made in 2009, when he was the Big Ten Conference's Freshman of the Year, came as a pass rusher on third down.
Borland reprised the role last week against Northern Illinois, but instead of being a blitzer in the 3-3-5 defense used extensively two seasons ago, he was essentially a stand-up defensive end in the 4-2-5 favored by first-year defensive coordinator Chris Ash.
With the Huskies using three-step drops, it was tough to mount a pass rush, though Borland twice came close in UW's 49-7 victory. In eight snaps at defensive end, he hit the quarterback's arm once as he was throwing, then swiped at his feet and missed another time.
Borland loves rushing the passer. He had five sacks in 2009, then was redshirted last season with a shoulder injury.
It is great to see the Badgers have players that can play multiple positions.  GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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