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Badgers' DB Tindal takes reps on offense

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Jeff Potrykus
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Thursday, August 3, 2017

MADISON--During a run-of-the-mill practice in the spring of 2016, Derrick Tindal got in the ear of Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst and volunteered his services.

On offense.

“I said, ‘Coach, let me get in on a route,’” the senior cornerback said after practice Wednesday.

Chryst gave Tindal his shot and Tindal caught a deep ball in a one-on-one drill.

“That was pretty good,” Chryst told Tindal.

Tindal occasionally ran pass routes last spring and has again so far in camp.

The odds that the staff, which likes its senior wide receiver Jazz Peavy and several other players, uses Tindal on offense in 2017?

Even Tindal isn’t sure.

“I guess they’re just seeing if can do something,” he said. “I still don’t know how much they’re going to use me. I don’t know if they’re going to use me at all.

“But like I told them, I’ll do whatever is best for the team and I’ll do it to the best of my ability.”

Tindal is projected to start at cornerback along with junior Nick Nelson. He was a two-way player at Boyd Anderson High School in Florida but made his mark mostly on defense.

Coaches experiment in camp every year. UW’s staff worked on passing to defensive end J.J. Watt on fake field-goal attempts but never tried the tactic in a game.

Chryst isn’t afraid to use a defensive player on offense. In 2015 he played safety Tanner McEvoy at wide receiver and quarterback.

Tindal believes he could be a weapon as a slot receiver or on jet sweeps.

Extra points

  • UW officials received good news Wednesday when they learned linebacker Chris Orr had received a medical waiver and will be a redshirt sophomore.
  • Former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz, who attended practice Tuesday, liked what he saw from UW. “Lou was impressed with our team speed,” said athletic director Barry Alvarez, who was on Holtz’s staff from 1987-89 before coming to UW. “I think he was shocked that they ran as well as they did.”


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