Wisconsin lineman Dan Voltz is retiring from football after a myriad of injuries during his college career, coach Paul Chryst announced Tuesday.
Voltz has played in 32 games in his career with 27 starts at center. He helped pave the way for monster years by Melvin Gordon in 2013 and 2014, but missed six games with a knee injury in 2015. In 2014, he was a second-team All-Big Ten selection by the media and was named to multiple award watch lists in each of the last two seasons.
News from #Badgers camp: OL Dan Voltz has elected to retire from football. Called it tough decision. Plans on staying close to the program.
— Mike Lucas (@LucasAtLarge) August 23, 2016
Voltz missed all of spring practice but worked out during the summer and opened camp as the team’s starting left guard. He will stay with the team in a coaching role and plans to remain close to the program.
According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Voltz offered to move to left guard this year because he was impressed by the play of Michael Deiter, who became the center when Voltz got hurt last season.
Wisconsin was already thin on the offensive line, and this makes things worse. Deiter is the most seasoned with just 13 career stats. Either redshirt sophomore Micah Kapoi and redshirt freshman Jon Dietzen will take over at left guard.