Wisconsin's Austin Ramesh eyes shot at the NFL
At a gym in Eagle River, Wisconsin fullback Austin Ramesh is preparing for his chance at a career in the NFL.
"I decided right now with my life that I want to try and play in the NFL. I'm going to go all in with that. It's not just going to happen. There's a lot of big months coming ahead so I'm just going to work as hard as I can and create an opportunity for myself and hopefully it goes the right way," Ramesh said.
In just nine days the former NewsChannel 7 All-Star will play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, his final game as a college athlete.
"Hopefully they use a fullback. If not I'll try and get on the field maybe as an h-back or as a tight end or play a lot of special teams. Just kind of stand out in practices and in the game."
Wisconsin's season of success allowed Ramesh to display talents he's had since his days at Northland Pines, to a much wider audience.
"There's a a lot of exposure that comes with playing on a team like Wisconsin." Ramesh said. "I was just lucky enough to be on the field a lot of times this year."
He added practicing against the stellar Wisconsin defense, has only made him better.
"I always say I get to practice against one of the best defenses in the country everyday. So that helped a lot even before the season started."
Even though he's got his eyes firmly fixed on the future, there are still things he says he'll miss about playing for the cardinal and white.
"Playing at Camp Randall. I'd say my best memory is running out of the tunnel you know with my family there. That was a pretty emotional game. Even though I didn't play, I was redshirting. But I'll still probably never forget that," Ramesh said.
If Ramesh has any say, he'll run out of a tunnel once again, but as a player in the NFL.