Most Indispensable Badger - No.16

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. Entering his third season as the starting punter, Drew Meyer gives consistency to a key position.

With an explosive and successful offense like the Badgers have, Drew Meyer does not punt as some of his Big Ten peers. His numbers are nonetheless impressive. Out of the 53 punts he had last season, only 13 of them were returned, an astounding 24.5 percent. Meyer has plenty of advantages to his kicking game and has the ability to help out the Badgers on special teams.

Strengths: Having the potential to be a dangerous x-factor, Meyer has impressive hang time and has the ability to boom a kick or drop one inside the 20-yard line. He has impressive control that he uses to his advantage whenever he gets the (rare) chance to punt.

Weaknesses: After two seasons, Meyer has been on par and solid for Wisconsin.

Why he is where he is: Meyer is easily top 20 because of his consistency over the past two seasons. He will only get better and is critical to the Badgers success. He has the ability to make them one of the most consistent special team units in the Big Ten.

Overall: Meyer is an unsung hero whose work won’t necessarily be a stat filler. Meyer has the ability to make the special teams unit just sprint down the field and off it every time if needed. He has the perfect hang time and distance that will make many coaches un-returnable. He will be critical this season from helping avoid the “big plays.”

Up Next: Coming off his first year as a full-time starter, our No.15 player on our countdown is more confidence, experienced and polished than a year ago at a position that the Badgers will need him to shine.

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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