Indispensable Badger #2

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.2.

Chris Borland

Position: Inside Linebacker

Experience: Redshirt Senior

Stats: Started 12 games for the Badgers in 2012 … Registered 104 tackles and 10 tackles for loss … Recorded a career-high 4.5 sacks … Caused and recovered three fumbles each ... Begins senior season with 13 forced fumbles, one shy of tying FBS career record (14) ... one of three players in UW history to have forced and recovered at least three fumbles in the same season (twice, 2009 and 2012).

Strengths: His quickness and knack for the football are considered to be elite at the collegiate level. He has unmatched instincts and can do seemingly anything on defense.

Weaknesses: With elite status written all over him, Borland really has no main weaknesses. I believe the only thing that may scare the coaching staff is the fact that he may be too aggressive at times and put himself at risk for getting himself out of position.

Overall: With being called the "best linebacker in the nation" by head coach Gary Andersen, Borland has plenty of expectations to meet, and hopefully exceed, this season. His aggressiveness and knack for the football set him apart from the rest. He's well respected nationally, as he was named to watch lists for Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Butkus Award, Lombardi Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy.

Borland will have another stellar season in the new 3-4 defensive scheme, allowing him more freedom to roam the field and have more opportunities to make plays. There is no question that Borland is the heart and soul of Wisconsin's defense and cannot be easily replaced, making him the most indispensable Badger on the Wisconsin defense.

Up Next: You've waited all summer. Our more indispensable Badger will be released on Friday.


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