Frederick Plays Through Injury

Despite breaking his arm in the team's final game of the regular season, Wisconsin offensive line recruit Travis Frederick has his team two wins away from the WIAA Division 4 State Championship.

MADISON - Travis Frederick knows about how important these Wisconsin state playoffs are.

A year ago, Frederick and his Big Foot team were 10-0, ranked number one in its section and the favorite to make it to the state finals. That dream came to a crashing halt when Big Foot lost 28-23 to Evansville on Walworth's home turf.

So when Frederick broke his arm in the last game of the regular season, the future Wisconsin Badger knew that nothing was going to keep him from doing his job in his final season.

His only sacrifice was that he couldn't play on both sides of the football, but the doctors cleared the 6-foot-5, 300-plus pound tackle to play offensive tackle. While the pain comes and goes, winning has helped subside the pain, as Frederick feels that Big Foot's latest victory, a 35-13 win over Kettle Moraine Lutheran, was big in part because of the defense and their effective play.

"The team did a great job and the defensive was able to force turnovers and win the turnover game." said Frederick.

Frederick, who waits in anticipation for their game this Saturday at 9-3 West Salem, knows that to prepare it's a team game and relies on the men around him to help get the next victory.

"It's a general team concept when preparing for the next game," said Frederick. "Basically we have to go out there knowing who's going where, their assignments and being able to pick up different stunts that our opponent gives us.

"I believe that if you do the fundamentals, anyone can succeed and that's the mentality I have going in to every game."

Frederick is thrilled and proud of what the wins in the playoffs have meant for him and his school. This is the first year that the school has advanced past the second round of the playoffs and that is some history that his team takes seriously, proud to be members of a team that overcame that obstacle.

"To overcome that hurdle and to make history was wonderful," he said. "Everyone from the players to the coaching staff to the families were extremely happy."

Not looking past the playoffs, Frederick is excited to become a Badger next year. He has seen their struggles this year and knows that the team has the potential much better than their record indicates. UW's recent success shows him that Wisconsin is showing him just that.

"They have lost some close grind them out games. They have made some mistakes and more recently they have been playing better then what their record shows." said Frederick

When Frederick steps in to the hallowed halls of Camp Randall next year, he vows that he work his tail off and contribute any way possible to the team. Frederick will fill any spot needed when is number is called and plans to make a positive impact in Badger Nation.

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