Thursday, January 12, 2012

Konz goes to the NFL

Junior center Peter Konz officially announced he will make himself eligible for the NFL draft.
Konz, from Neenah, took 18 credits in the fall — 12 is a full-time load — so he would graduate in the spring and fulfill a promise he made to his mother, Margaret.
"As you've probably heard, I have decided to forgo my senior season and enter the NFL draft," Konz said in a statement. "Because of the support I have received, the degree I am so proud to leave with, the football legacy I helped leave behind, and more reasons than I could even remember, I would simply like to say thank you. "Every last person has made my experience at Wisconsin far beyond what I could have imagined and without you I could never be where I am today."
Konz wrote this letter to UW fans.
He started 31 games at center over the past three seasons. He was a finalist this season for the Rimington Trophy, given to the nation's top center. He was named a first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches' Association and Pro Football Weekly.
"I knew when we received the information back from the NFL that Pete would have a tough decision ahead of him," UW coach Bret Bielema said in a statement. "He has been one of the most enjoyable players I have had the pleasure to coach."
"I know being a Badger meant the world to him and his family. I want to thank him not only for all his hard work and effort on the field but for also representing our program and the University of Wisconsin in a first-class manner throughout his career."
Some draft projections have Konz being taken late in the first round or early in the second.
His departure means the Badgers must fill three starting spots on the offensive line since they're also losing two seniors: right guard Kevin Zeitler and right tackle Josh Oglesby.
Let's hope that he is successful in the NFL.  GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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