As a freshman in college football, it's difficult to earn a starting spot right off the bat, let alone after redshirting when a coach decides to sit you down for your first season.
The same goes at Wisconsin, where only two freshman started for the Badgers in 2012: wide receiver Jordan Fredrick and fullback Derek Watt. Melvin Gordon also saw his playing time increase toward the end of the season, but all three of these contributors were redshirt freshmen.
This season, there are several departing seniors who started on both offense and defense, creating a few opportunities for true freshmen to contribute right off the bat. Let's take a look at the three incoming recruits most likely to start for the Wisconsin Badgers.