By BENJAMIN WORGULL
MADISON -- Going through six weeks of rehabilitation with the desire to try and get his broken foot healthy for the final weeks of the season, junior defensive end David Gilbert stuck with his positive persona, never considering the negatives when positives exist.
So with his decision to redshirt after his body hadn't responded rapidly enough to the treatment, No.16 Wisconsin will be getting back a player next season who registered 10 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and three sacks in its first four games of the season.
"Big picture, certain things happen in a certain way," UW coach Bret Bielema said. "Thinking about him two years from now, it's a pretty good visual to see that body keep getting bigger and stronger."
Along with senior Louis Nzegwu, Gilbert was expected to be one of the key contributors at UW's defensive end position that was looking to fill a void left by junior defensive end J.J. Watt,...