Wisconsin Freshman Fifteen - Isaiah Mullens

Wisconsin Freshman Fifteen - Isaiah Mullens

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Wisconsin Freshman Fifteen - Isaiah Mullens

MADISON, Wis. – Back for a ninth season, we seek out the incoming freshmen to find out answers to on-the-field and off-the-field questions to get to know these Badgers better. Asking them 15 questions, we call this segment the Freshman Fifteen.

One of three scholarship defensive linemen signed by the University of Wisconsin in 2018, defensive end Isaiah Mullens is this week’s feature.

What’s been the hardest part for you adjusting to college life?

Mullens: Just being away from my family. My family has been a very big influence in my life. The first few weeks when I was here, it was really hard. I wanted to go home, probably like every other freshman that we have. As time went on, I just got used to it, being away from home, being on my own, being a grown up by doing my own laundry and cooking my own food.

What has been the big adjustment to playing at a program like Wisconsin and adjusting to this level?

Mullens: Just the different techniques, the way I step, the way I move, the way I come off the ball, the playbook is very complicated and hard to get. The playbook is probably the hardest thing.

How did you prepare your body for fall camp knowing you’d be going against older, more talented players?

Mullens: They sent us a weight room guide that we were supposed to do over winter, so getting used to how they lift weights with the Olympic pound lifting and that type of stuff. Getting my body used to using muscles it has never used before got me in really good shape and pretty strong to come here.

What do you think your strengths are and what are some areas you are trying to clean up moving forward?

Mullens: When I first got here I really didn’t come off the ball. I didn’t strike anybody. I didn’t use my hips. I’m obviously getting better at that, but the thing I need to work on is shooting my hands. What I have a habit of doing is I just come with my hips, I don’t use my hands, so I want to focus on that and reading my guy better.

Say I am in a 4-I technique, the guy blocks down and tries to cut me off, I need to read his shoulder pads so I can go which way he goes. Just try to get the techniques down.

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