The No. 16 Badgers’ defensive line has started their preseason practices well after knocking the rust off this summer. UW’s defensive front is one of the most experienced and deepest positions on the team, featuring four multi-year starters. Breckterfield said he feels comfortable using his top six players in any combination, even when the defense uses its nickel personnel and uses just two linemen.

The unit is led by fifth-year senior defensive ends Isaiahh Loudermilk and Garrett Rand, returning starters from a year ago looking to build off a successful 2019.

“I think up front the main thing is we know we can be a special unit. We’ve been around each other a long time, we’ve learned a lot, so this year is really about the D-line stepping up. And I think that we can. We have a lot of good guys on the D-line, not just me, Garrett and Matt,” Loudermilk said. “We’ll have some play-makers up front.”

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