Most Indispensable Badger - No.29

Leading up to the season opener Aug.30, BadgerNation will announce its list of the 30 most important players to the Badgers' success in the 2014 season. With the news of today's departures, our No.29 player becomes even more important to Wisconsin's success.

After earning his first letter last season, Arthur Goldberg is looking to use his little collegiate experience to help the defensive line when senior Warren Herring needs a breather. As the clear number two, look for Goldberg to step in and make it seem as though Herring hasn’t left.

Strengths: Goldberg is only four pounds lighter than Herring and has impressive strength that he uses to his advantage. He also has impressive mobility that he is able to use and move quickly past opposing centers.

Weaknesses: The biggest weakness you can see with Goldberg is the fact that he has little-to-no experience at the collegiate level. He might have a tough time handling centers but needs to get the hang of it eventually to solidify the middle.

Why he is where he is: With Bryce Gilbert graduating and leaving the program to play his senior year elsewhere, Goldberg’s role in 2014 has is exponentially bigger. Wisconsin wants to move Herring around on the line and utilize his speed and agility as an outside pass rusher in certain packages. UW can only do that if it has a suitable replacement at nose tackle. Defensive line coach Chad Kauha’aha’a has spoken highly of Goldberg in the offseason, who is a blue-collared player and tremendously tough in the trenches.

Overall: He has the potential but it is just a matter of if he can handle the expectations given to him. With the experience he will gain this season, Goldberg will be the clear favorite next season once Herring departs.

Up Next: Switching positions in the offseason, No.28 made his presence known during the spring and could be an important part of the Badgers this season.

Note: This is not a list of the team's 30 best players or a series about past success, but rather a list of which players are the most critical to the team’s success in 2014. The list was created based on a player’s overall importance, impact on the field, the player’s position and expectations. True freshmen were not considered for this season.

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