Despite losing five games in 2018, the Wisconsin Badgers finished the year on a high note with a win over the Miami Hurricanes in the Pinstripe Bowl. But their 2019 seems to have gotten off to a rough start when one of their starters announced that he would be retiring.
On Monday, offensive lineman Jon Dietzen announced that he would be stepping away from football due to injuries. He thanked Badgers head coach Paul Chryst, the other members of the coaching staff and the rest of the team for supporting him as a player.
“It was an opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of the Wisconsin football team and to be able to call myself a Wisconsin offensive lineman. I will always cherish my time at this university.”
The 6-foot-6, 323-pound offensive lineman joined the team as one of the top in-state prospects in 2015. He played as a freshman, missed 2016, and played in the last two seasons.
— Dietzen (@DietzenJon) February 11, 2019
Coming out of high school in 2015, Dietzen was a three-star prospect. 247Sports had him rated as the No. 343 prospect in the country, the No. 34 offensive tackle, and the No. 1 prospect from the state of Wisconsin.
Dietzen had offers from several college football powerhouses, including Michigan State, Nebraska, and Miami (FL) among others. He ultimately committed well in advance, announcing his intent to play for the Badgers in May 2014.
Wisconsin’s Class of 2015 was ranked No. 41 in the nation by 247Sports, and was sixth in the Big Ten.