As fans of the Wisconsin Badgers and college football in general, it can be easy to forget that these student athletes are publicly undergoing one of the more life shaping events that a lot of young adults go through, going to college. With cameras rolling at a lot of facets over their lives, playing football at a Big Ten school adds to that public perception. This is especially true when playing for a nationally storied offensive line unit. Individual decisions and crossroads are faced differently for each athlete, but this week Wisconsin received news of one of their more tenured players, looking to test the transfer portal open market.
Wisconsin Badgers sendoff
In a classy sendoff message on social media, Dylan Barrett made his intentions public. With two years of eligibility remaining, he will be looking at continuing his football career with a different program next year.
I am forever grateful to have experienced running out of the tunnel to a sea of red at Camp Randall. That said, it’s time to open the door to new opportunities… excited to start a new chapter in my football journey.
Following his post, an outpouring of support and wishing him the best was supplied to Barrett. Most notably from fellow lineman teammate Sean Timmis.
Couldn’t say enough good things about what a great worker and teammate this guy is.
Liked by his teammates and staff, Barrett is known as a gym warrior that puts in the hard work, keeping his body in peak physical condition to play the grueling position of lineman.
Wisconsin Badgers career for Barrett
Having entered the program from Illinois as a freshman in 2020, Barrett redshirted is first year. As 2021 was the Covid season and was shortened, he did still appear in 3 total games. 2022 saw an uptick in usage, as he made nine games in which he played, all as a special teams player. Then under new coach Luke Fickell, he played in the game against Georgia Southern.
With All-Big Ten third team Tanor Bortolini, and talented All-AAC teammate Jake Renfro ahead of him in the depth chart, Barrett was mostly focused on staying ready, and preparing himself, just in case his opportunity would arise at any point throughout the season.
Wisconsin Badgers lineman next options
As veteran player with more than one remaining season of eligibility he is likely to garner serious attention, especially as quality center play is hard to find and very much needed at any program. Coming out of high school he was a recruited 3-star athlete, having played football and also as a track athlete in the shot put.
The 6’5 athlete had received multiple offers during his recruiting including offers from Illinois, Cincinnati, Northwestern, Purdue, Iowa, Missouri, and West Virginia. It can be expected that multiple schools will be equally as interested this time around as well.
Teams then and now were excited about his physical features, and talent. Where ever he ends up going, the team will receive an outstanding locker room guy, hard worker, and someone looking to make an impact in his remaining two years of eligibility. The Wisconsin Badgers fanbase wishes nothing but the best for all of his future endeavors.