The Wisconsin football team lost 262 tackles from their linebackers last season. This year, the defense will look to senior inside linebacker Chris Orr for leadership on and off the field. Orr had 27 tackles and an interception last season, but he should expect an increase in playing time with the team's young roster.
Orr's listed at 6'0", 214 lbs, and he is noticeably slimmer than years past. Orr credits his weight loss with cutting down on dairy and red meat, but he's not doing anything crazy.
"After a Saturday scrimmage, I would get me like a big burger or something like that," Orr said with a grin. "Oh yeah, without at doubt, yeah. It's not that strict. I'm not a physique model or something like that." Orr says the slimmed-down version of himself is paying off on the field. "Feel way faster, not as tired anymore, body doesn't really get beat up too much anymore. I can recover faster."
Head coach Paul Chryst says the weight loss hasn't affected Orr's weight room in a negative way, and he's confident in his ability to lead.
"It's not just leading the defense. I think he's doing a good job of being a team leader. I think Chris has to be himself. Those things are natural. He can kinda set the tone."