Most Indispensable Badger - No.10

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. Taking over for a three-year starter, redshirt sophomore Hayden Biegel and his consistency is critical to Wisconsin's punch on offense.

With the departure of long standing right tackle Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin will have huge shoes to fill if they want to continue to have a nationally respected offensive line. After his solid spring working under first-year offensive line coach Joe Rudolph, it is looking that redshirt sophomore Hayden Biegel will be the one to fill that void. With only six career games played, Biegel is being counted to step in quickly and be just as effective as the 2015 second round NFL draft pick.

Strengths: Biegel has plenty of strengths, some of which can only be seen on high school tape, but arguably his best attribute is he has the stereotypical Wisconsin lineman body. At 6-6 and 297 pounds (the smallest of the projected starters on paper), Biegel still packs a punch and has all the makings of a lineman who can give his tailbacks room to run.

Weaknesses: With only six games played, lack of collegiate experience is the big factor with Biegel. Solid consistency was also missing throughout spring across the starting offensive line, as UW was thin. Learning two years under Havenstein will help, but Biegel has yet to feel what it is like to start against a top tier defense.

Why he is #10: The Badgers has been set at the offensive line for years at right tackle. Losing that anchor puts a lot of pressure on Biegel to stunt opposing outside pass rushers. Not only was Havenstein good at creating running lanes, he was one of the best at pass protection. Biegel is a critical offensive piece to the fluidity of the offense’s attack.

Overall: With no starts in college, Biegel will be called upon quickly to become the next possible NFL-type offensive lineman for the Badgers. He has had the experience of going against the starting defense for two years, so he should be able to handle the pressures thrown his way. As said before, Biegel probably will have more eyes on him than any other spot on the line. The quicker he can get his bearings and develop consistency, the better the offense with click.


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