Indispensable Badger #46

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.46.

Kevin MacCudden

Position: Fullback

Experience: Junior

2012 Stats: Sat out due to NCAA transfer rules. Playing in 10 games during the 2011 season at Dubuque … scored one receiving touchdown and recorded 49 all-purpose yards ... had 17 tackles ... team was Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champions.

Strengths: High football IQ and strong fullback that has a promising future for the Badgers.

Weaknesses: Little experience at the college level and is considered by many to be "too small."

Overall: The former Waukesha (WI) West standout is considered by many as Derek Watt's backup. Others feel as though he is third on the fullback depth chart, but MacCudden has a work ethic that will attempt to show everyone that he deserves the backup role, not to mention play a key part in UW's revamped special teams.

At 5-foot-11 and weighing 207 pounds, MacCudden is the shortest of all the fullbacks but makes up for his size with his strength. MacCudden doesn't come off as a powerful fullback but will surprise defenders. MacCudden has no experience at the Division I level and by the looks of it and will likely only play if Watt is injured at all.

He still is a strong commodity that has a great wealth of football knowledge. He will play a few snaps here and there but is slated to be a key catalyst for UW on all four special teams units.

Up Next: One of UW's few healthy men in the trenches this past spring, our No.45 player is looking to finally crack Wisconsin's starting lineup for the first time.

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