Indispensable Badger #45

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.45.

Ray Ball

Position: Offensive Lineman

Experience: Redshirt Sophomore

2012 Stats: Saw action in the Rose Bowl against Stanford on Jan. 1, the Big Ten Championship game against Nebraska on Dec. 1, at Penn St on Nov. 24, at Indiana on Nov. 10, against Minnesota on Oct. 20, at Purdue on Oct. 13, against Illinois on Oct. 6 and at Nebraska on Sept. 29 ... named UW's offensive scout team player of the week after Utah State game ... made Badger debut at Oregon State on Sept. 8

Strengths: Big frame = Powerful. Ball is an effective blocker and is an intelligent player (2012 Academic All-Big Ten Selection).

Weaknesses: Footwork is key for Ball. Ball has been known for not being able to stay on his toes and keeping a good base.

Overall: Ball is the stereotypical Wisconsin lineman. With a 6-7 inch and weighing 330 pounds, Ball has a beefy high school resume to back up his potential for the Badgers. With all-state, all-metro, all-district and all-conference honors in his past, Ball has had plenty of success and looks to transfer that success to the collegiate level.

Ball is a strong left guard and knows how to step in for a starter. In spring ball, Ball was given the opportunity to have reps with the first and second-team offenses. Ball hopes that he has done enough for the coaches to want to give him more chances. Ball is a powerful left guard and will likely be Ryan Groy's backup throughout the season.

Look for Ball to play in the majority of games as he looks to impressive the offensive lines coach for seasons to come.

Up Next: At one of Wisconsin's weakest positions, this true freshman at No.44 could step in and provide an immediate spark

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