With plenty left to prove in his fifth year in the program, Marcus Trotter will look to provide an impact at the linebacker position this season. His strong frame will help him become a defensive nightmare to opposing running backs and offensive linemen. Trotter has had a decent amount of playing experience at Wisconsin and will need to use that to his advantage when he takes on quick offenses.
Stats: Earned second letter, playing in five games with one start ... made nine tackles, including 1.5 TFLs, starting in place of Chris Borland at Iowa ... tallied nine tackles, 0.5 TFLs, both career highs, and recovered a fumble filling in for an injured Borland at Illinois.
Strengths: Trotter has some quickness for being a 6-foot, 226-pound man. He moves well laterally and can bust gaps and disrupt offenses effectively.
Weaknesses: Trotter lacks the aggressiveness and instincts that Borland possessed. Trotter also does not have a ton of experience which could work against him.
Why he is where he is: Trotter is where he is because he has had a fair amount of playing time with 14 career games. With that having been said, we have no idea what he will do this season for the Badgers as a probable full-time starter. He has the potential to be a legitimate threat, but it will depend if he can work on the little things this off season.
Overall: Trotter has been waiting and working hard enough to earn the starting spot at linebacker. He has the ability to prosper in the 3-4 defense and it will be interesting to see if he can execute it consistently enough for himself to be considered a threat to opposing offenses.
Up Next: With the departure of key players in front of him, No.19 is the unquestioned leader at his position.
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.