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And the list of great players for Wisconsin at tight end is long. Thirteen have played in the pros and four have been on NFL rosters this year (Beckum, Graham, Owen Daniels and Jacob Pociask).

Off the field, Kendricks enjoyed creating art, specifically charcoal drawings and other mediums in high school and winning a regional award that placed his art on display at the U.S. Capitol.

Tolzien, who roomed in the dorms with Kendricks his freshman year, said his roommate would often work into the wee hours of the night.

“I’d be trying to sleep and the lights were on. The next morning, I’d wake up and he’d be fast asleep,” Tolzien said. “And there’d be this masterpiece for whatever his assignment was.”

He’s also spruced up teammates’ apartments.

A mural he created of a beach scene is painted in the living room of the apartment now shared by Tolzien and linemen Bill Nagy and John Moffitt.

“It runs the whole length of our couch and probably goes up about 5 feet. Yeah, he’s a very impressive artist,” Moffitt said before joking at the production time. “It only took him five months to do it because every time he came over he’d just start watching whatever was on TV and then we’d just be hanging out.”

They’ll all hang out at least one more time at the Rose Bowl, where Kendricks believes the Badgers will know just what to do next, something he learned early from listening to the commentators of that old game in his mom’s kitchen.

“At Wisconsin, you understand how to work, what it takes to play and the commitment needed,” he said.