Indispensable Badger #47

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.47.

Jeff Lewis

Position: Running Back, possibly defensive back

Experience: Redshirt Junior

2012 Stats: Had two carries for 11 yards and scored his first touchdown of the year at Indiana on Nov. 10 ... ran the ball once for a gain of two yards against Minnesota on Oct. 20 ... saw action at Purdue on Oct. 13.

Strengths: Lewis has an ability to burst with his acceleration ability. Makes effective cuts as a running back, a receiving back and now potentially a defensive back.

Weaknesses: Lacks the ability to explode through contact.

Overall: Lewis was projected to be a tiny contributor compared to White and Gordon, which is one of the reasons Lewis' rumored move to defensive back makes sense. Given an opportunity to compete for playing time in the spring and make a favorable impression on the new offensive coaching staff, Lewis was impressive with his speed and agility, but was not impressive with his ball security. He also couldn't finish the spring or play in the spring game because of an injury.

Lewis has tremendous power but with experience in front of him and UW looking to build depth in the secondary (UW already moved running back Kyle Zuleger and wide receiver Isaiah Williams to that side of the ball in the spring), the move makes sense on the surface. The big question is how will Lewis handle the switch, especially when he's been determined to make an impact at tailback his entire career?

In reality the move should fit him great. Lewis only has 37 rushing attempts and 200 yards in his tenure, never has been an overpowering runner and has the raw tools to be an effective safety. If he catches on, Lewis will see the field, something he wouldn't have seen a lot of on the offensive side of the ball.

Up Next: A transfer who had to sit out last season, our No.46 player gives Wisconsin some depth at one of its thinnest positions.

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