UW football: Bulked-up Herring moves to defensive tackle

2012-03-28T07:00:00Z UW football: Bulked-up Herring moves to defensive tackleTOM MULHERN | Wisconsin State Journal | tmulhern@madison.com | 608-252-6169 | Twitter: @TomMulhernWSJ madison.com

University of Wisconsin defensive line coach Charlie Partridge hated to see defensive tackles Kyle Costigan and Joe McNamara move to the offensive line, even though he understands it was the best thing for the team.

"I miss them, I definitely do," Partridge said. "I think the interior of the offensive line had some needs and I think those two guys can help. Didn't want to see either one of them go to the other side, I was excited with their progress."

To help fill the void inside, Partridge moved third-year sophomore defensive end Warren Herring to tackle.

"He's in the 270s (pounds) right now and he's peeking around the corner at 280, so I'm excited about bringing more athleticism (inside) — and he's got the size to do it," Partridge said.

Herring was an early enrollee as a freshman, who is going through his third spring practice. He started to work his way into the rotation at end last season and gives the line a possible disruptive force inside, with the potential to eventually be close to 300 pounds.

"I think he can be a difference-maker (at tackle)," Partridge said. "(He) started to show some of those things through the course of last year, that he could really make a difference inside."

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