Former running backs switch to defense

Musso, Lewis work together

MADISON - Jeff Lewis was once one of the top running backs in the nation. After three years behind the likes of Montee Ball, James White, and Melvin Gordon, Badgers coaches told Lewis he'd be better served playing safety. Lewis obliged. 

Leo Musso spent his high school days in the offensive backfield of Waunakee, winning two state championships. When he arrived on campus at UW, he switched backfields as well. 

"I didn't know much about defensive coverages, so coming here was a bit of a transition" Musso says.  

Now, the two use their similar background to help each other make the switch.

Musso made the transition last year. He's glad to help Lewis, who is playing defense for the first time since his sophomore year of high school. 

"Any kind of help with technique I can give him (Lewis), I try to help as much as I can." 

For both Wisconsin natives, the ultimate prize is the "W" on the side of their helmets. 

"Either way it's Wisconsin football. That's all that matters."

Former running backs switch to defense

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