This should be one of the better units in the Big Ten, if not the country. Wisconsin essentially returns three starters up front in Henningsen, Loudermilk, and Rand.

The Badgers ranked fifth against the run last season, giving up just 101.3 rushing yards per game. Built on players who don’t necessarily rack up stats, but control the line of scrimmage, take on multiple blockers, and keep quarterbacks contained in the pocket, Henningsen, Loudermilk, and Rand did still combine for 8.0 sacks and 13.0 tackles for loss.

Henningsen emerged as the playmaker in the group last season. The former walk-on led all UW defensive linemen with 4.0 sacks and 5.0 tackles for loss. Henningsen also scored two defensive touchdowns, had two pass breakups, and recovered three fumbles.

In the middle, Wisconsin is just as stout.

Benton had a fantastic true freshman season. Playing in 13 games and starting the second half of the season, Benton had 2.0 sacks and 4.0 tackles for loss. After a knee injury cost him eight games in 2019, Williams is expected to come back healthy.

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