After seeing his snaps limited over the past two seasons, Jon Dietzen is stepping away from football due to numerous injuries.
The University of Wisconsin lineman, who has one year of eligibility remaining, announced the news via Twitter today.
Dietzen started at left tackle last season but split time with Cole Van Lanen throughout the year. In 2017, Dietzen started at left guard but at times needed to be replaced by Jason Erdmann.
Dietzen described his injury issues as “ankles, hips and other things” back in November, and coaches relied on him to take himself out of games when he felt his body had reached its limit.
“It’s not the easiest thing to go up to your coach and tell him you can’t do something,” Dietzen said. “But it’s kind of been the battle all year.”
Dietzen declined to discuss the possibility of retirement when asked in November.
His absence leaves the Badgers needing to replace four of their fives starters on the offensive line for 2019, although Van Lanen enjoyed a breakout year in limited playing time behind Dietzen.