Indispensable Badger #49

Counting down the days to Wisconsin opens training camp, Badger Nation's new summer feature will rank the 50 most indispensable players of the 2013 Wisconsin football team. Today we reveal No.49.

Sam Arneson

Position: Tight End

Experience: Junior

2012 Stats: Made one catch for 9 yards against Stanford in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 ... caught a 3 yard touchdown pass in the Big Ten Championship game against Nebraska on Dec. 1 ... started at tight end at Penn St. on Nov. 24, against Ohio State on Nov. 17 ... caught first career touchdown at Indiana on Nov. 10 ... saw action against Michigan State on Oct. 27, vs. Minnesota on Oct. 20 and at Purdue on Oct. 13 ... caught first career pass for five yards against Illinois on Oct. 6 ... saw time at Nebraska on Sept. 29, against UTEP on Sept. 22 and Utah State on Sept. 15 ... played against Northern Iowa on Sept. 1

Strengths: Arneson is fundamentally sound with the ability to shine bright as more of a receiving tight end opposed to a blocking one.

Weaknesses: Blocking needs to be a better weapon for him. Being 255 pounds, Arneson needs to use that to punish opposing defenses.

Overall: Standing 6-4, Arneson can definitely work on the little things to contribute even more this upcoming football season. Arneson played in 10 games last season, included the Rose Bowl, and has shown to be a nightmare of a matchup for opposing defensive coordinators.

With Arneson a contributor mostly as a blocking tight end last season, the new coaching staff is looking to see if Arneson can step it up and become a threat from a receiving standpoint, as well. Look for Arneson to work on his blocking and receiving and you will see him on the field getting reps.

Up Next: Although he hasn't seen one minute of game time, this player will be counted on to add a new dimension to Wisconsin's attack

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