Most Indispensable Badger - No.24

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. One of the top recruits in the 2012 recruiting class, Dan Voltz is stepping into a major role with Wisconsin.

After playing 11 games last season and starting six of them, center Dan Voltz looks to be the projected starter heading into fall camp and the season. With plenty of collegiate experience under his belt, the redshirt sophomore will need to rely on his experience and his toughness to earn the preseason awards and honors he has been given.

Strengths: Voltz is a tough blue-collar lineman who is a strong blocker. His aggressiveness helps his high-motor mentality that combines with his high intensity.

Weaknesses: His major weakness has to be pass protection. That was his biggest problem last season and he will need to work on being able to handle quick defenses.

Why he is where he is: Voltz is at 24 because he has the ability to make big plays, but I felt that the guys in front of him mattered more from an offensive standpoint. I am not saying that Voltz isn’t important, because he could be anywhere from 10-25 on this list because of his consistency and impact he will make.

Overall: Voltz is a special player and the Wisconsin coaches are just licking their chops knowing that they have two more seasons with this kid. He brings a very aggressive style of football that is different than the average player. With Voltz at center, the Badgers will be able to run effective goal line plays and stay consistent in the red zone like they have been in the past.

Up Next: With a lack of playmakers at the position and with his high ceiling, No.23 on our list needs to have a big season to make Wisconsin effective.

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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