November 12, 2010

Wozniak settling back in

MADISON - When Brian Wozniak suffered a shoulder injury in the midst of fall camp, it seemed as though the young tight end prospect would miss significant time. While he did miss a good chunk of the 2010 season, the redshirt freshman is back and feeling good.

Following a recent practice, BadgerBlitz.com had the opportunity to catch up with the Ohio native. The following is a question and answer with Wozniak.

Now that you're healthy take me back to fall camp when your shoulder injury first happened. What happened and what went through your mind? Did you think that it was worse than it was?

Wozniak: When I first got it I was a little shocked because my arm was a little numb. They said it was just a contusion at first. I said if it was bruise it's a real bad bruise. When I found it what it actually was I was upset about it. I was kind of in the slums about it. But when I first got hit I was just shocked that it was that.

What did you have to do to rehab it?

Wozniak: To rehab it for the first three weeks it was nothing. That was hard because I was losing weight and I was losing muscle. My left triceps was pretty much floppy for a while. After three weeks I kind of got more into shoulder work and scapula work.

So when you're lifting weights was it awkward?

Wozniak: I still am now today, but when I first started off it was real controlled. So they were kind of controlling the bar. Now, when I'm going for a heavy set my right arm will finish before my left arm.

As far as strength wise in your left arm is it serviceable?

Wozniak: Yeah, I mean, it's definitely coming back. I was just telling somebody else that it's probably at 85 or 90 percent strength. It's a little bit slower. At the beginning when I first came back I was kind of hiding it a little bit because I was afraid to strike at first. But as my reps have gone up I've been able to strike faster.

How about taking hits?

Wozniak: Taking hits it's fine. It doesn't really hurt. I can't really feel it.

What game did you come back for?

Wozniak: Ohio State. Full go.

How are you feeling now that you've been getting reps in an actual game? It's been a long time coming.

Wozniak: It has. My first play ever was against Ohio State on that long kickoff return, which was nice. Coming back each week and getting more and more reps and getting more and more confident it's just being more consistent and playing low, fast and physical.

Were you frustrated when you got injured? It seemed as though you were having a good fall camp and were in the fold to get a lot of reps right away.

Wozniak: I was definitely frustrated. One, I got hurt in spring ball so I didn't play a lot of spring ball. Coming into camp I was excited. Jake Byrne is doing a great job this year and he and I were fighting for that 'Y' position. When I got hurt I was upset and I got frustrated by that. I wanted to be out there playing.

What about Jacob Pedersen and the way he was playing in your absence and even still now?

Wozniak: Pedersen, he's playing great. He plays fast and he plays physical. That third team personnel got put in and he and I were going into it and fighting for that 'U' position. He was playing fast and physical. He's playing really well. MADISON - When Brian Wozniak suffered a shoulder injury in the midst of fall camp, it seemed as though the young tight end prospect would miss significant time. While he did miss a good chunk of the 2010 season, the redshirt freshman is back and feeling good.

Following a recent practice, BadgerBlitz.com had the opportunity to catch up with the Ohio native. The following is a question and answer with Wozniak.

Now that you're healthy take me back to fall camp when your shoulder injury first happened. What happened and what went through your mind? Did you think that it was worse than it was?

Wozniak: When I first got it I was a little shocked because my arm was a little numb. They said it was just a contusion at first. I said if it was bruise it's a real bad bruise. When I found it what it actually was I was upset about it. I was kind of in the slums about it. But when I first got hit I was just shocked that it was that.

What did you have to do to rehab it?

Wozniak: To rehab it for the first three weeks it was nothing. That was hard because I was losing weight and I was losing muscle. My left triceps was pretty much floppy for a while. After three weeks I kind of got more into shoulder work and scapula work.

So when you're lifting weights was it awkward?

Wozniak: I still am now today, but when I first started off it was real controlled. So they were kind of controlling the bar. Now, when I'm going for a heavy set my right arm will finish before my left arm.

As far as strength wise in your left arm is it serviceable?

Wozniak: Yeah, I mean, it's definitely coming back. I was just telling somebody else that it's probably at 85 or 90 percent strength. It's a little bit slower. At the beginning when I first came back I was kind of hiding it a little bit because I was afraid to strike at first. But as my reps have gone up I've been able to strike faster.

How about taking hits?

Wozniak: Taking hits it's fine. It doesn't really hurt. I can't really feel it.

What game did you come back for?

Wozniak: Ohio State. Full go.

How are you feeling now that you've been getting reps in an actual game? It's been a long time coming.

Wozniak: It has. My first play ever was against Ohio State on that long kickoff return, which was nice. Coming back each week and getting more and more reps and getting more and more confident it's just being more consistent and playing low, fast and physical.

Were you frustrated when you got injured? It seemed as though you were having a good fall camp and were in the fold to get a lot of reps right away.

Wozniak: I was definitely frustrated. One, I got hurt in spring ball so I didn't play a lot of spring ball. Coming into camp I was excited. Jake Byrne is doing a great job this year and he and I were fighting for that 'Y' position. When I got hurt I was upset and I got frustrated by that. I wanted to be out there playing.

What about Jacob Pedersen and the way he was playing in your absence and even still now?

Wozniak: Pedersen, he's playing great. He plays fast and he plays physical. That third team personnel got put in and he and I were going into it and fighting for that 'U' position. He was playing fast and physical. He's playing really well.

Do you have any personal goals for the rest of the year?

Wozniak: Just to keep playing hard and keep being more consistent with what I do. My reps have gone up and I need to make sure my consistency stays up as well.


Do you have any personal goals for the rest of the year?

Wozniak: Just to keep playing hard and keep being more consistent with what I do. My reps have gone up and I need to make sure my consistency stays up as well.


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