As we approach Thanksgiving and the final regular-season game for Wisconsin football, we have seen several underclassmen come a long way in 2013 for the Badgers.
Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda hasn't been afraid to rotate in younger players with less experience. His 3-4 defense involves a flurry of substituting, which has allowed plenty of underclassmen to receive playing time that otherwise would not have been available under the previous coaching staff.
Getting some limited and, at times, extended looks at these freshmen and sophomores has given us a glimpse of what the future will look like in Madison. And it's not just on defense where some underclassmen could emerge as key contributors next season—with stars like James White and Jared Abbrederis graduating after this season, younger players will be asked to step up.
With so much talent leaving from the front seven on defense and from the skill positions on offense, stars will need to emerge for the Badgers to remain a force. Luckily for Wisconsin, some of them are already beginning to surface. Here are three underclassmen who will be stars by Thanksgiving 2014.