Badgers lineman Dietzen walks away from football

The Badgers will return one starting offensive lineman next season.

Wisconsin offensive lineman Jon Dietzen has decided to leave the program and walk away from football. The junior from Black Creek had one year of eligibility remaining. He announced his decision via twitter on Monday afternoon.

"After a lot of thought and careful consideration, I've decided it is in my best interest to step away from football due to numerous injuries," Dietzen wrote. He rehabbed hip and ankle injuries in 2017, and he had surgery on both hips in 2018.

"This was not an easy decision, as I have enjoyed every second of my football career, especially those as a Wisconsin Badger... The bonds and relationships I've formed over the last four years are reecplaceable and I am forever grateful for everyone who's been a part of this experience. On, Wisconsin!"

Dietzen started 12 games last season. His departure means center Tyler Biadasz will be the lone returning offensive lineman for the Badgers next year. They lost seniors Beau Benzschawel and Michael Deiter, and junior David Edwards chose to leave school early for the NFL draft. All three are expected to go in the first three rounds.