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Badgers hope to bring back the traditional run game with improved O-line, healthy backs

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MADISON, Wis. (WKOW) -- With the return of several key offensive linemen and the Badgers go-to running back, Corey Clement, this 2016 offense has a lot to be excited for. 

"The sky's the limit for us this year, " says senior offensive lineman Dan Voltz. 

Voltz jokes that while he's the oldest guy on the line, he has no doubts when it comes to his larger, but younger linemates. This year's line may feature as many as three sophomores, yet all three were put to the test last season when injuries tore their line to bits.

One of those injured was Voltz, who tore his ACL. 

Now healthy, Voltz says he's excited to join his battle-tested underclassmen and to put Wisconsin's run game back on the map.

"We've obviously worked hard. And having Corey back, full strength, is huge. Everybody knows what Dare can do. He stepped up big time for us last year when we needed somebody to fill Corey's shoes. And now we've got both of those guys, not to mention some of the younger guys."

Clement, Dare Ogunbowale, and Taiwan Deal make up the center of the running back corp. All three saw time last season, yet no one was above 1,000 yards. That rare drop in numbers was a first since 2004.

"I would say we are a threat but nothing will be handed to us throughout this season, " says senior back Corey Clement. 

The Badgers also attempted the school's fewest rushing attempts (512) since 2001 while their 150.3 rushing yard per game average was the school's lowest mark since 1995. 

But with a healthy and experienced line and three hungry backs, the Badgers run game should return to it's glory days. 

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