Most Indispensable Badger - No.28

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. After exploding on to the scene in the spring and the massive turnover at his position, Chikwe Obasih - No.28 - could have a big year.

The second defensive end on our countdown, redshirt freshman Chikwe Obasih is probably the hardest working player you will find amongst the defensive ends. His impressive off season work and scout team work has given Obasih the confidence he needs to prosper as a potential starting player.

Strengths: Obasih has great footwork and has impressive athleticism for being 6-3 and 245 pounds. He has a few impressive moves that will make him a nightmare to offensive lines.

Weaknesses: Obasih’s biggest weakness is his need to get bigger and stronger to be effective in defending the run game.

Why he is where he is: Obasih is just ahead of fellow defensive ends Konrad Zagzebski and Alec James because he shows the most instant promise to the defense. James matches his athleticism and his high ceiling potential but Obasih is all around a more complete player for the immediate future.

Overall: Obasih is an impressive defensive end that Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen named the starter heading out of spring practices. Finishing his three-year varsity career with 223 tackles, 49 tackles for loss, 17 sacks, nine forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and an interception, Obasih is a proven playmaker who will now get his opportunity to shine at the college level in Wisconsin’s rotation.

Up Next: Playing in more games last year than the previous two seasons combined, No.27 on our list is looking to shake off an injury-riddled past to fortify a position on Wisconsin that has little depth behind it.

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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