Indispensable Badger #31

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.31.

Conor O'Neill

Position: Linebacker

Experience: Redshirt Senior

2012 Stats: Played in all 14 games, mostly on special teams and as a reserve linebacker. Made 15 tackles (10 solo) and made his first career interception against Indiana.

Strengths: O'Neill is a surprisingly powerful linebacker that is quick off the ball. Has a natural instinct that most others do not possess.

Weaknesses: O'Neill is considered to be short for a linebacker which makes offensive coordinators think they can just throw the ball over him.

Overall: Playing behind Chris Borland and Mike Taylor is no easy mission, but O'Neill has had plenty of experience over his four seasons learning the tricks of the trade. With Ethan Armstrong coming off major surgery and Borland unlikely to play in blowouts, O'Neill expects to play even more than he is already expected to. He is a solid linebacker that will put his strength to good use.

Look for O'Neill to have plenty of playing time this season behind Borland. With the new 3-4 scheme, look for O'Neill to have numerous reps each game.

Up Next: One of the new players on campus, our No.30 player has already made such an impact that he could have already played himself into a starting role.


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