Bringing the Speed, Speed, Speed

Kenzel Doe (Fleming/11)

Ask freshman Kenzel Doe what he is bringing to the table for the University of Wisconsin and the 5-foot-8 North Carolina native will emphasize two points: his speed and that he's working hard to impress.

MADISON - When Kenzel Doe doesn't have his size and stature, the 5-foot-8 wide receiver makes up in confidence.

The only scholarship member of the 2011 recruiting class to enroll early, Doe - a 5-foot-8 athlete from Reidsville, N.C., ¬- has come to campus and wowed the coaches and players in the program. His speed will be essential to his development, as the Badgers plan on playing him at wide receiver along with giving him a shot at replacing David Gilreath as the team's punt and kick returner.

Doe talks with Badger Nation about his experience in Madison so far.

Badger Nation: What was your first practice like as a member of Wisconsin Badgers? Was it as exciting for you the last couple days as it was when you moved up here in January?

Doe: Yes sir, it's very exciting. I am glad I made the right decision to come here. The first day of practice went real good. I am getting to learn the rotation, starting to learn the offense a little more, working hard every day and I love it.

Badger Nation: Coach Bielema has been telling the media quite often that you have just come in here and impressed everybody. How did you get yourself ready from the time you finished your season till arriving here to get yourself prepared?

Doe: I just have been working hard. I go up to the offices and watch film every day. I learn because I want to get ahead, get ahead, ahead, ahead. I have been doing a lot of running. Me and Manasseh Garner work out a lot alone, just to try and get better each and every day. I am just trying to get better each and every practice.

Badger Nation: How did the winter conditioning program here open your eyes and how did it improve you as a football player?

Doe: I enjoyed it because I am just getting better. Anytime that I am trying to get better, I enjoy it. It's different than high school, way different than high school because you have the coaches pushing you harder, harder and harder. It's colder up here than back at home, and you get pushed, pushed and pushed, and I love it. I love getting pushed and trying to get better every day.

Badger Nation: You said you watched film a lot. What kind of film are you watching, of who and what things are you learning?

Doe: I watch Isaac Anderson, David Gilreath, Nick Toon, Jared Abbrederis, just looking how they run routes, looking at the plays and the formation and just how they do things. They are on the field, so they are obviously doing something right. I am getting better by looking at them each and every day, how they run routes, what releases they are taking, how they attack the DBs. It helps a lot.

Badger Nation: What were some of the things that popped out when you watched them compete and how they carried themselves?

Doe: Isaac was aggressive. He was an aggressive receiver and didn't care who you were, he was going to try to hit you and put a helmet on you. He runs good routes like David. Nick Toon, I learn from him every day from spending time with him one-on-one. I look at Jared because he's just like me, coming into spring trying to earn his spot. Everything he does, I can try to feed off it and try to get better by looking at his film and looking at what he does on the field.

Badger Nation: Compared to the other preparation work that you've done, what was it like to be out at practice and get the feedback from the coaches?

Doe: It's different, way different. College is faster than the stuff I have been doing. It's all about timing. You have to run the right routes, know who to block, know the plays and you have to think faster. Everything is quicker.

Badger Nation: How disappointing is it that Coach Settle isn't here, because he had a big part in your recruitment? On the same account, how exciting is it to play for Coach Alexander because he had a big part in your recruitment?

Doe: With Coach Settle leaving, it was disappointing he left, but he's going on with his life and I am going to have to deal with it. He's like a dad. We grew up in the same area and everybody knows him where I grew up. He told that he got the job and that I have to feed off what Coach Alexander teaches me. Coach Alexander is like a father to me, too. He recruited me, wanted me to come in and I am trying to do everything he tells me to do.

Badger Nation: You've talk to me before about your speed being a big weapon. How do you think your speed is going to translate on to the college level?

Doe: I think it's going to be good. Watching Big Ten football, you don't really hear speed, speed, speed. I am trying to come in, get better, get faster and just go out there and hear people say, ‘Whoa, Wisconsin has got more speed now.' I am just trying to do the best I can to get on the field.

Badger Nation: What do you think it would mean to get on the field for the opening game?

Doe: It would mean a lot. It would mean that I have been impressing the coaches, doing what I have to do and it would mean a lot to me, my family, my community and to everybody for me, a short guy, to be on the field as a freshman. It would be a blessing.

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