Indispensable Badger #4

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.4.

James White

Position: Running Back

Experience: Senior

2012 Stats: Played in all 14 games, including starting his first two games of his career … Has a career-low 125 carries, but rushed for 806 yards and 12 touchdowns (the most he had in each category since 2010) … Rushed for over 100 yards four times, including a season-high 175 yards against Minnesota … Scored a career-high tying four touchdowns against Nebraska in the Big Ten Championship game.

Strengths: White has incredible speed that is obvious to the watching eye. He can run through and around defenders despite his 5-10 frame and has power that he will use to his advantage.

Weaknesses:With the tinier frame comes lack of short third-down plays for White. Although he has power, he does not have what it takes to be the Badgers go to back on third-and-short situations.

Overall: With the departure of legend Montee Ball, White will need to step it up this season to be the top running back for Wisconsin. His experience behind Ball and former tailback John Clay will give him a leg up from others. Although he is not an all-down running back, he is able to block and be a weapon in the passing game. His speed and agility is getting better and better each offseason and White will look to showcase that this season as the number one back.

Look for White to have a dominant year. His speed and ability to rub off defenders will set him apart game in and game out. Look for him to surpass the 1,000-yard mark again.

Up Next: With departures all around him, the No.3 player on our list has no choice but to play spectacular and stay healthy as the youth develops around him.

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