August 30, 2006

Palcic grooming the future

MADISON, Wis. - Bob Palcic has coached at the highest level, and for some time.

Since 1994, the first-year University of Wisconsin offensive line coach has been in the NFL, making coaching stops in Detroit (tight ends), Cleveland (offensive line) and New Orleans (tight ends). He also has 19 seasons of collegiate experience coaching offensive linemen, including a one-time stop in Madison from 1978-81.

Knowing this about Palcic, it makes sense to ask him about the three true freshmen offensive linemen head coach Bret Bielema said could see the field this season.

The list includes right tackle Jake Bscherer, left guard John Moffitt and center Brad Thorson. The other freshmen - who are expected to redshirt - are tackle Gabe Carimi and guard Bill Nagy.

Being the efficient NFL man Palcic is, when asked about Bscherer, Thorson and Moffitt, he preferred talking about all of the first-year players as a freshmen unit.

"With the five freshmen offensive linemen that were recruited here… I think they are all going to be good college football players," Palcic said. "They are very young. I would like to try to redshirt all of them if I could, because I think that extra year in college there is so much for a young man's maturity at that age of development.

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