Indispensable Badger #9

Counting down the days to Wisconsin opens the regular season, Badger Nation's new summer feature will rank the 50 most indispensable players of the 2013 Wisconsin football team. Today we reveal No.9.

Dan Voltz

Position: Center

Experience: Redshirt Freshman

Strengths: Voltz has incredible aggressiveness that will hopefully wear off on others around him. His style of play will also help his ability to push opposing defensive linemen around and give them a tough time no matter what.

Weaknesses: The only two main concerns for Voltz coming into college are still apparent even now. His size (6-3, 313 pounds) is not necessarily a weakness, but he is still growing into his body and that may set him back a bit. The only main weakness is his lack of pass protection ability.

Overall: With giant shoes to fill with the departure of NFL first-round pick Travis Frederick, Voltz will likely start at the center position this upcoming season. Even with no collegiate playing experience, Voltz was able to gain plenty of experience by watching and learning from Frederick. His consistency in recent practices has shown he has the capability to take the Badgers places, and his absence in the lineup because of a hamstring injury (and the struggles of his replacements) shows just how important he is to the offense's production.

Look for Voltz to initially be shaky the first few plays against UMass, but he will grow as a player and will be a key for the Badgers this season.

Up Next: An upperclassman without much depth behind him, our No.8 player is the unquestioned leader of his position.

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