Indispensable Badger #21

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.21.

Drew Meyer

Position: Punter

Experience: Redshirt Sophomore

2012 Stats: Punted in all 14 games … Punted 80 times averaging 41.5 yards per punt … Put 26 punts inside the 20-yard line … Hit a career-long 61-yard punt in the Big Ten championship game … Punted seven times for an average of 44.6 yards per punt, including three punts inside the 20 against Stanford in the Rose Bowl.

Strengths:Accurate punter that is consistent game in and game out. He has a strong foot that can only get better.

Weaknesses: Meyer does not have many weaknesses, only needing to work on leg strength and his pooch kicks.

Overall: Meyer was used a lot last season, averaging 5.7 punts per game, but was a reliable weapon in the special teams games, preventing opposing offenses from getting good field position. He is consistent on each punt, which sets him apart from other punters his age and was well deserving of earning honorable mention All-Big Ten status. It could be argued he could have deserved more considering how often he bailed out UW's offense.

Meyer will have the punting position locked down for the next three seasons. His consistency and power are what will make him a first-team All-Big Ten selection in the very near future.

Up Next: We break into the top 20 with this young player who, with a couple of starters leaving, will be counted on to fill a huge role for Wisconsin this season


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