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Biegel's spark fuels Badgers defense to next level

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MADISON (WAOW) -- Wisconsin Rapids native Vince Biegel leads the Wisconsin defense in sacks and tackles for loss this season, making him one of the best players on one of the best defenses in college football.

But it's not all about the numbers with the sophomore linebacker, it's the spark he provides that sets him apart.

"You can't not love Vince Biegel," Badgers safety Michael Caputo said. "He's just a one of a kind type of guy."

Not to mention, humble. If you ask Biegel what has led to his success this season, he'll deflect the praise to his coaching staff.

"I've got to give a lot of credit to my coaching staff and the weight staff here," Biegel said. "They've built me up and made me into the player I am today."

But if you ask his coaching staff, they'll tell you it's his motor.

"Vince leads with that passion," Badgers defensive coordinator Dave Aranda said. "When Vince makes a play and gets fired up about it, I think that gives energy to our players, and that inspires them to make plays."

His teammates agree.

"It's definitely contagious," Wisconsin senior linebacker Derek Landisch said. "When one of us makes a play, we all feed off of that. Biegel's made a lot of plays this year, he's definitely a spark to this defense."

And perhaps nothing captures Biegel's wild side quite like his hair. Number 47 is bringing back the mullet.

"I think it coming in just right, man," he said with a smile.

"I've been really having fun with it, I've been kind of cutting up the sides," he said, pointing to the Chevrolet logo on one side and the Wisconsin logo on the other. "I'm going to continue to have fun with it."

"That's just a testament to his personality and how crazy he is," Landisch said. "Crazy hair, crazy guy. We love it."

And while his hair may have reached its peak, Biegel certainly hasn't reached his own. With two years of eligibility left, the sophomore continues to grow week in and week out.

"There is a high ceiling for Vince," Aranda said. "We want to be able to continue to push him so that he is as consistent a top performer as he can possibly be."

It's a good week to celebrate Wisconsin defense. This current Badgers team has one of the top defensive units in all of college football, and former Wisconsin stars JJ Watt and Chris Borland swept the NFL Defensive Player of the Week awards this last week. And if Biegel keeps playing at a high level, perhaps one day we'll mention his name in the same breath as those two.

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