And to make the story even better, it looked like the Madison native was going to get a chance to play from the start. Fredrick, a wide receiver and cornerback from Memorial High School, impressed the staff with his athleticism, catching ability and route running, but found out as time wore on that there's a lot more to playing receiver in college than catching and running.
"I've had a lot of ups and downs already this year," Fredrick said. "It started off pretty good, and it was unexpected, making plays and making some mistakes like any freshman, but it came down to too many mistakes in practice."
Throw in the fact Fredrick went under the knife four weeks ago to repair a torn labrum and is out for the season, the 6-3, 220-pound freshman is aiming for spring practices to fight for playing time.
"Getting back into redshirt mode after getting excited about the chance to play wasn't easy," Fredrick said. "At the same time, I thought about the next four years and the future that I have."
In the return of our popular series for subscribers, Badger Nation does a meet and greet with the newer members of the Wisconsin football team, shedding a light on some of the unknown kids that figure to be important parts of the Badgers' future.
Asking 15 questions, we call this segment the Freshman Fifteen.
What's been the hardest part for you adjusting to college life?
Fredrick: The biggest thing is time management, especially since you are coming into college and your football season starts right away in the fall. That's the biggest thing. You are always busy with school, academics and meet new people in school because you don't know anyone besides your teammates. Being able to balance everything without doing too much or leaning too much in one way could lead you in a direction you don't want to go. It's been great with the teammates and coaches guiding you along the way.
What's been the hardest part adjusting to college football?
Fredrick: It's just the pace and the fact you don't have any room to make mistakes. You are expected, whether you are a senior or a freshman, to come in and make minimal mistakes. Obviously that's the culture here at Wisconsin that we don't make mistakes or we don't try to make mistakes. You've got to get better.
Since you arrived here, how have you changed your body to prepare for the college game?
Fredrick: Throughout the summer, I felt like I got a lot faster. I lost a little weight since spring, but I got faster and stronger until the surgery a couple weeks ago. I lost about 15 pounds, but it's not bad because I have plenty of time to gain it back, especially at wide receiver where losing weight isn't a horrible thing.
How is living in Madison on campus different than living a couple miles away? What's the biggest difference?
Fredrick: It feels like two different cities. Living on the west side has more of a home town, small town feel. I am comfortable with everything down there and living down town is more chaotic with everything going on. There's so much variety and diversity down here and that's the biggest thing. It wasn't too hard to adjust since I've been around it most of my life, but it's definitely different.
What is your major?
Fredrick: I am still undecided, but probably something in the business field. I have ruled out a lot of things, but I am still not decided.
What are you hoping to do after college?
Fredrick: That's definitely a ‘no clue.' I just want to get somewhere successful.
What's your favorite place on the Madison campus?
Fredrick: It's got to be Camp Randall. Just being here, it's the most comfortable place you can be at. It's like home. We're always here and I have a good time here.
What's your least favorite place on campus?
Fredrick: The classroom isn't fun. That's definitely not fun, so I'll have to go with that because there's not really a place I don't want to be.
What do you enjoy doing most in your free time when you get the chance to kick back and relax?
Fredrick: Just taking time to be relaxed and enjoy what I have. That could change out of season, but I try to take advantage of relaxing when I can.
Who do you live with and how is that going?
Fredrick: Derek Landisch. We're like brothers right now. We get in our little scuffles, but it's all brotherly. We joke around a lot. I am really close with him and probably the closest with him than anybody on the team.
What's the most interesting thing you've learn about him since you starting living with him?
Fredrick: If you just watch him play with how calm and composed he is, he's got a different side away from the field. He just likes to let loose, have fun and enjoy life. When it comes to football, he studies it like a senior, and deserves what he's got.
Where does your biggest support come from? Family? Friends? Teammates?
Fredrick: Obviously my family. They've been with me the whole and they expect good things because they know what I can do. Not everyone does but definitely my family.
What's your parents reaction to you playing college football here, being on your own for the first time and starting your journey at this school?
Fredrick: They are excited obviously. They knew it was my pick wherever I went but being a home town kid, that was definitely exciting. Having season tickets and being able to use those, come down here and enjoy the game, it's a big thing for us.
It doesn't have to be football related, but what do you feel has been the greatest accomplishment of your life?
Fredrick: It's definitely getting here. It's a huge success and I can't take that away. That's the biggest thing right now. I am still young so I can't really say that it's going to be the biggest, but it's definitely the biggest up until this point.
What's the best part of being a Wisconsin football player and putting on that red and white jersey?
Fredrick: That's just a feeling that can't be explained too well. That first game I traveled to the hotel and my roommate Kyle Zuleger explained to me that night before going to bed on how you walk to ramp, you here everybody pounding, you turn the corner, sprint up the ramp and hear everybody going crazy as you walk in. The music and coming out of the tunnel isn't like anything else. He said if that's not the best part of your day or your life then you are ready for college football. I am not getting playing time, but being out there and being a part of it is just amazing.