December 21, 2006

Schofield in comfortable place

MADISON, Wis. - Coming out of Great Lakes, Ill., in 2005, O'Brien Schofield had played football at North Chicago Community High School. That February, he signed to play for the Wisconsin Badgers as a three-star weakside defensive end.

Plans changed for Schofield when he arrived on campus, however. First he was redshirted and this past spring he was rotated in at SAM linebacker, playing behind starter and fellow classmate DeAndre Levy.

Schofield was eventually lost in the shuffle before the season, as he never really got comfortable playing without a hand on the ground.

This post-season, and with the 7th-ranked Badgers preparing for a Jan. 1 Capital One Bowl date with No. 12 Arkansas, Schofield has found himself in the midst of another change.

When bowl prep began, back on Dec. 2, Schofield made a return to a familiar place, defensive end. Every bowl season the UW staff plays around with position changes in attempt to maximize their talent. Schofield just happens to be one of few position changes made by the staff this post-season.

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