Wisconsin center Peter Konz laughs while answering questions during a Rose Bowl press conference at Marriott Los Angeles Downtown in Los Angeles on Dec. 28, 2011.

M.P. KING — State Journal

University of Wisconsin junior center Peter Konz will not return next season and is entering the NFL draft, according to a source.

The source said Konz "was rated very high" by the NFL's College Advisory Committee.

Konz, an All-American from Neenah, started 11 games for the Badgers. He missed three after suffering a dislocated left ankle against Minnesota, but returned for the Rose Bowl and played well in the Badgers' 45-38 loss to Oregon.

He was emotional after the game in addressing his future, much like defensive end J.J. Watt was a year earlier, following the Rose Bowl loss to TCU. Watt also bypassed his senior year for the draft.

"I've got a lot of factors that play into it, as far as my family, as far as how much I need to keep developing as a player, and how many centers have gone in the last few drafts," he said after the game. "There's a lot of factors, not just this game."

Despite the loss, Konz leaves feeling he did everything he could in his final game with the Badgers.

"There was no stopping, no quit out of anybody," Konz said. "There was not a moment we wavered. We left it all on the field, and to do that, there's very little to be sad about."

His departure comes one day after junior running back Montee Ball said he was returning for his senior season.


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