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June 28, 2013

Ramesh receives call to action

There's been a slight change of plans for Austin Ramesh and his immediate future with the Wisconsin Badgers.

To start, the 2013 signee from Eagle River (WI) Northland Pines is now on campus in Madison after initially agreeing to a grayshirt offer from Wisconsin. That opportunity was presented and accepted under former head coach Bret Bielema, but roster attrition under Gary Andersen has opened an immediate spot for Ramesh.

"Yes, my scholarship got changed from a grayshirt to a normal one," Ramesh told BadgerBlitz.com on Friday evening. "I'm here now doing summer workouts. We're on a seven-week program and then we move right away into fall camp."

With Donnell Vercher now set to enroll at Fresno State and Reggie Mitchell expected to transfer to Pittsburgh, at least two scholarships have freed up for Wisconsin.

Both Ramesh and in-state offensive lineman Hayden Biegel initially agreed to grayshirt opportunities at UW but both are now on campus for summer conditioning. Defensive lineman Sam Raridon is still expected to enroll during the spring semester as a grayshirt.

And that's not the only change for Ramesh, who will begin working under Thomas Hammock. He was initially penciled in to begin his career at linebacker, though the recent addition of Chasen Andersen (will arrive in January) has provided a bit more depth to that position.

"Yes, that's the plan," said Ramesh about playing running back at Wisconsin. "They talked about mainly fullback but I'm supposed to learn both. I like linebacker but I've always felt I'm more of an offensive player."

During his junior season, Ramesh rushed for 2,263 yards and 19 touchdowns.

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