Indispensable Badger #39

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.39.

Jeff Duckworth

Position: Wide Receiver

Experience: Redshirt Senior

2012 Stats: Played in all 14 games with one start. Caught nine passes for 60 yards and one touchdown ... recorded a career-high seven catches for 55 yards against Oregon State Sept. 8.

Strengths: Although shorter than some receivers, Duckworth plays bigger than his 6-foot size. He has good ball skills and knows how to position his body to make catches. He is usually a reliable target at the collegiate level and can make defenders miss.

Weaknesses: Duckworth lacks speed which attributes to the fact that his depth chart status is unknown at this point in the summer. Once he catches the ball, the yards after contact is very low for Duckworth.

Overall: Duckworth has plenty of experience at the collegiate level, but has not made the impact that he would've liked to. In three seasons, Duckworth is known for his 36-yard catch on fourth down to set up UW's winning touchdown against Michigan State.

Although he is a reliable target most of the time, he just does not have the speed to separate himself from other tops receivers such as Jared Abbrederis and Jordan Fredrick.

Look for Duckworth to have plenty of opportunity for reps during fall camp. If any receivers are injured at any point, look for Duckworth to be the shoulder to lean on. His smooth route-running will be effective for the few reps that he will play.

Up Next: Getting his first playing opportunity last season, our No.38 player will get a chance to expand upon his role this season


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