Most Indispensable Badger - No.15

With the college football season just around the corner, BadgerNation brings back its list of the 20 most important players to the Badgers' success in the 2015 season. With a young group expected to start around him, the play and health of junior center Dan Voltz will be vital for the Badgers.

With an impressive sophomore season under his belt, redshirt junior Dan Voltz will have to continue to improve and become even more of a wall for Wisconsin’s offense. Voltz has plenty of preseason accolades to his name and has plenty to play for this season. After helping lead the offense to a school-record rushing season in 2014, Voltz will become one of the anchors of the line.

Strengths: Voltz has plenty of collegiate experience under his belt, which will work in his favor completely. His strength and aggressiveness are two huge pluses to his game and he has continued to work on this each year.

Weaknesses: Voltz has very little weaknesses but it seems that his pass protection ability has been lacking since his first season at Wisconsin. He needs to work on being able to handle quick, athletic linebackers. Durability is also being brought into question since lower body injuries are starting to pile up, not allowing him to finish UW’s final two games of last season and keeping him out during the majority of spring practices.

Why he is #15: Voltz breaks the top 15 for the simple fact that the run game would lack sustenance without him. Voltz fits the bill for what the coaching staff wants on the line. If he plays well, the Badgers’ run game will be successful even though the players around him will be extremely young.

Overall: As mentioned above, Wisconsin’s offensive line will be extremely green this season, as the Badgers graduated three seniors who were multi-year starters. Along with left tackle Tyler Marz, Voltz will be the only player on the line who has started a game. A high-ranked player out of high school, Voltz has developed into a NFL-quality player who can help bring some continuity to the line. If he’s fully recovered, look for Voltz to have another stellar season and make his mark on the Big Ten.


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