It has not been a good year for the Wisconsin Badgers. After coming off back-to-back Rose Bowl appearances, the Badgers no longer look like an elite team. The running game is not its usual dominant self, the QB situation started off terribly under Danny O'Brien, stabilized under Joel Stave and then deteriorated again after Stave's season-ending injury, and the secondary is absurdly porous.
Considering the current state of Badgers football, here are three underclassman that should be given more playing time.
The Badgers' passing game clearly took a step back with the departure of Russel Wilson, but it has also been hampered by the loss of WR Nick Toon. The Badger's have been hard-pressed to find a quality receiver to line up opposite Jared Abbrederis, and should seriously consider giving Boynton Beach, Fla native Reggie Love a shot.
Love has decent size for a receiver (6'3" 206 lbs) and could be a matchup terror for opposing defenses. Considering the lack of overall production from the receiving corp to date, there really is no harm in giving the freshman a chance.
The O-line at Wisconsin is usually excellent. This year has been a little different. The line has struggled to create holes for Badger RBs, and whoever's been under center is always under constant pressure.
With the struggles the group has been through, it may be time to let 4-star recruit and freshman Dan Voltz see more snaps. Coming out of high school, Voltz was viewed as one of the best lineman in the country and he could very well be a cornerstone of future Badger success.
Just like Voltz is the future of the Badgers O-line, Gordon may well be the future of the Wisconsin backfield. The freshman has looked awesome when he has the rock in his hands.
While Montee Ball is still the best back on the roster, he is not putting up the absurd numbers he did last year. The Badgers would be wise to work Gordon more heavily into the running back rotation that now features Ball and James White.