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Musso trying to follow in the footsteps of Leonhard for Badgers

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MADISON (WKOW) -

It's week three of fall camp and the Badgers have had a changing of the guard on their last line of defense.  Waunakee's Leo Musso has been entrusted with of the first-team safety roles.

"Having a couple years of experience under my belt, I think that definitely helps with the defensive scheme, but you can always improve and do better things."

Standing 5'10" and weighing 186 lbs, Musso is one of the smallest Badgers defenders, but he's had one of the biggest camps. The junior has shown a nose for the football with multiple interceptions. Those big plays have helped the coaching staff overlook his lack of ideal size, which is a subject he tries to avoid.

"In terms of [being] smaller, I don't like to think like that, but I know I am and it's just one of those things where you've got to play through it."

Playing past that perception is something Musso learned from one of the players who has done it best for the Badgers. Jim Leonhard is just 5'8". Yet, he progressed from Wisconsin walk-on to NFL safety. He just recently retired after a 10-year career in the league. He's someone Musso can look up to.

"Being from a small town in Wisconsin, similar in size, he had to rely on his smarts. He obviously wasn't the biggest, but he didn't look at that as a downfall So, I try to approach it the same way. He's obviously someone I look up to."

Musso has even been able to pick the brain of Leonhard, who is now living in the Madison area. Leonhard has watched some game film and given pointers to the youngster that reminds him a lot of himself.

"You look at the path he's taken, very similar to mine, an undersized (guy) who has been overlooked, but he's extremely talented. He's a great athlete, has great instincts and it looks like he communicates well, which is fun as a safety to watch a guy doing it similar to a way you played it."

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