Indispensable Badger #1

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.1.

Jared Abbrederis

Position: Wide Receiver

Experience: Redshirt Senior

Career: Enters senior season leading active FBS players with career average of 16.6 yards per reception ... holds school records for career kickoff return average (25.8) and ranks third in punt return average (11.2) ... 2,059 career receiving yards rank eighth in school history ... ranks in tie for sixth in school history with 16 career touchdown receptions.

2012 Stats: Played in 13 games with 12 starts … Finished with 49 catches for 837 yards and five touchdowns … Set a career-high 17.1 yards per catch.

Strengths: With a new coaching staff at Wisconsin that wants to feature more of the passing game, Abbrederis will be able to showcase his speed and athleticism more and more. His crisp cuts and great route running abilities elevate Wisconsin offense.

Weaknesses: As the featured wide receiver last season, Abbrederis struggled down the stretch, failing to catch a touchdown or more than five passes in any of the last eight games. Building his strength and on-field awareness to beat double teams is a must.

Overall: With inconsistencies at the quarterback position season, the Badgers' passing game was lacking. In regards to individual talent, Abbrederis is definitely not lacking any. His consistency and knack for the football set him apart from others at UW. The fans know that Abbrederis is something special, but the Big Ten has yet to really experience a full-fledge air attack from the Badgers.

Despite a number of worthy candidates on the Badgers' roster, Abbrederis is our indispensable Badger because of his experience, leadership, importance to the roster and the impact he brings to the roster.


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