State of the Hogs: Bielema Chews on Ref, Then Defense

Here’s my column from last night: … hen-defen/

Two things I want to know:

How are they going to repair the offensive line?

How are they going to repair the defensive scheme?

I figure they are playing the best available guys in the offensive line. I’d wonder if Johnny Gibson could provide more stability at left guard over Hajalte Froholdt. Jalen Merrick is a bigger body than Jake Raulerson at right guard. But neither Gibson or Merrick have made a move in practice to convince coaches to move them ahead.

Defensively, if your safeties don’t tackle, it’s a bad deal no matter what scheme they are in. I would set the ends a little wider. I think they did in the second half.