Indispensable Badger #6

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.6.

Brendan Kelly

Position: Outside Linebacker

Experience: Redshirt Senior

2012 Stats: Played in 11 games with five starts … Made 28 tackles (17 solo) … Recorded career highs in tackles for loss (six) and sacks (five) … in first start of career, recorded four tackles with first sack of career and a forced fumble against Nebraska.

Strengths: Kelly's experience is unmatched after being granted a sixth year of eligibility. His strength and quickness is perfect for the outside linebacker position in the 3-4.

Weaknesses: There are not many visible weaknesses when looking at Kelly, especially since he's healthy now. The only thing that could scare the coaching staff is his injury history. He has had plenty of surgeries and the coaching staff does not want to have to replace someone like Kelly.

Overall: With the departure of David Gilbert, Kelly will need to step up as much as possible. With the new 3-4 defense this season, the Badgers are looking for Kelly to become a dynamic force among outside linebackers. His experience at Wisconsin has prepared him and he's adapted well to the new position during fall camp, going as far as coaching other younger players. Kelly will need to match Ethan Armstrong's and Chris Borland's intensity if he wants to become an elite linebacker in the Big Ten.

With Wisconsin moving to a new defense, having a veteran like Kelly as a boundary linebacker is a huge boost to the coaching staff.

Up Next: One of the best in the Big Ten in his position, our No.5 player will be an integral part in keeping the Badgers moving forward consistently.

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