Rimington Trophy finalist ... named first-team All-American by AFCA and Pro Football Weekly ... second-team All-American according to Yahoo! Sports and SI.com ... third-team All-American by Phil Steele ... first-team All-Big Ten by the media and honorable mention All-Big Ten by coaches ... Academic All-Big Ten...Started at center in 10 of 13 games ... injured his ankle during Minnesota game and has not played since.
Earned second letter ... started at center in 11 of 13 games, missing Indiana and Michigan games due to injury ... did not play in second half at Iowa on Oct. 23 due to injury ... along with rest of starting offensive line and Bill Nagy, named UW's co-offensive player of the week for the Minnesota game ... named UW offensive player of the week after starting at center at UNLV on Sept. 4.
Earned first letter ... played in 10 games, starting nine ... did not play in final two games of season due to injury ... started nine straight games at center during the season ... had first-career start when he lined up at center against Wofford on Sept. 19 ... made Badger debut when he took over for injured Travis Frederick at center against Fresno State on Sept. 12.
Redshirt season ... named UW's offensive scout team player of the week of Fresno State.
Rated as the 30th-best offensive lineman in the nation and the No. 3 player in Wisconsin by Rivals.com ... Scout.com ranked him as the second-best player in the state and the No. 38 offensive lineman in the nation ... first-team all-state, all-region and all-conference offensive and defensive lineman as a senior ... first-team all-state offense, first-team all-region, first-team all-conference, honorable mention all-conference defense and team's most valuable lineman as a junior ... first-team all-conference and team's most improved lineman as a sophomore ... team captain as a senior ... played both ways and totaled 34 tackles and 10 QB sacks in his career ... three-year letterwinner in football ... two-time letterwinner in basketball and track and field ... academic letter ... head coach was Steve Mentzel.
Parents are Tony and Margaret Konz ... relative, Robert Ferriani, played football at University of Massachusetts ... enjoys watching movies, playing video games and sports ... majoring in communication arts.
- The right guard position was problematic as Garrett Reynolds opened the season as the starter after beating out Mike Johnson. When Reynolds struggled, Hawley took over at right guard. In the offseason, the Falcons signed guard Vincent Manuwai in free agency. Konz, 6-5 and 314 pounds, was projected to go late in the first round by most draft analysts. ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper had him rated as the top center in the draft. "He has no peers in this draft," Kiper said. Konz, who lifted 225 pounds just 18 times at the NFL Scouting Combine, needs to improve his upper-body strength. He should be able to lift that weight 25 times. He said he lifted 225 pounds 23 times at his Pro Day. He is considered quick and agile for his size. He could pull on sweeps and hit moving targets, which was considered a weakness of the line by former offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey. The line's lack of mobility was cited when Mularkey was pressed about why he didn't call more screen passes last season. - The Sports Xchange
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