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Chris Orr

MADISON - Internally and externally, eyes will be on Jack Sanborn this season.

MADISON — A segment of University of Wisconsin fans might not understand or appreciate UW’s reputation as one of college football’s leading de…

In his first full season as a starter, Orr showed what he could do as a pass rusher and as a leader for UW. He had 78 total tackles and 11½ sa…

Key returners: Mike Maskalunas (redshirt sr.), Jack Sanborn (jr.), Leo Chenal (soph.).

PASADENA, Calif. — Chris Orr doesn’t get nervous for football games.

Oregon’s senior quarterback has put together his best collegiate season, tossing 32 touchdowns to just five interceptions and averaging 256.4 passing yards per game.

The Ducks’ offensive line has been strong all season, and has allowed 23 sacks this year despite Herbert averaging 31.4 pass attempts per game. However, the best pass rush Oregon faced this season was California, whose 2.83 sacks per game ranked tied for 24th in the FBS. UW’s 3.77 sacks per game rank fifth.

Herbert has shown mobility and willingness to run to evade pressure, but he’s not a top-tier athlete at quarterback like the Badgers have seen in Ohio State’s Justin Fields. Senior linebackers Zack Baun (12½ sacks) and Chris Orr (11½) could have a chance to make big impacts on their last games at UW, with Baun’s rush off the edge and Orr’s up the middle forcing Herbert into tough spots. However, Baun will have to contend with Oregon left tackle Penei Sewell, the Outland Trophy winner who has been a force this season.

UW’s defensive line has played some of its best football in the last two weeks, with ends Isaiahh Loudermilk and Garrett Rand, and nose tackle Keeanu Benton all tallying sacks in that span. If the Ducks can limit them and force UW to blitz, it should open up receivers on short routes.

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