The Wisconsin Badgers won the Big Ten conference championship in 2010 thanks in large part to contributions from seniors Scott Tolzien, Gabe Carimi, John Moffitt, Lance Kendricks and redshirt junior JJ Watt.
These upperclassmen represent a fundamental philosophy instilled by head coach Bret Bielema: Wisconsin is a developmental program where its players are expected to get better each and every day.
So it’s no surprise the champion Badgers (I just love writing that) were upperclassmen heavy (and featured some, well, heavy upperclassmen).
However, the Badgers don’t sniff the roses in Pasadena without the efforts of a few fabulous freshmen.
Predicting the impact and success of freshmen in a program like Wisconsin (in June, no less) is sort of like predicting the career path of your child at age 6. Sure, there are signs, but it’s more of a wait-and-see process despite they’re look-at-me tendencies.
So without further adieu let’s take a look at 10 of the most likely of Bret Bielema’s baby Badgers burgeoning to breakthrough in 2011.