Most Indispensable Badger - No.17

Leading up to the season opener Aug.30, BadgerNation will announce its list of the 30 most important players to the Badgers' success in the 2014 season. Playing through injuries to make all 13 starts at left tackle last season, a healthy Tyler Marz should mean big things for Wiscosnin.

With preseason All Big Ten honors to his name after started all 13 games a year ago, Tyler Marz will be a huge contributor to Wisconsin’s dominant offensive line. His frame, his power and football IQ make him a dynamic player that could be a difference maker for the explosive run game.

Strengths: Marz has a giant frame at 6-5 and 320-pounds and is able to use that strength to his advantage. He has above-average agility for being such a big man and is able to get off the line quick, which will come into handy when he needs to get to the second level of the defense.

Weaknesses: Marz does lack some speed and needs to improve hand placement to limit sacks and holding penalties.

Why he is where he is: Marz won’t be the flashiest player on the field, but he will be consistent, which is what the coaches need on the quarterback’s blind side. He has experience and will be a leader on the offense, which is why he is in the top 20.

Overall: Marz is going to important to the success of the offense, especially after the season he had last year. He helped pave the way for Wisconsin’s power running game, and his collegiate experience will work in his favor. He should be able to handle most Big Ten defenders when his name is called upon, so look for him to make an impact for the Badgers.

Up Next: Despite all the changed in personnel the last two seasons for Wisconsin, our No.16 player on our countdown has held down his important role entering his third season.

Note: This is not a list of the team's 30 best players or a series about past success, but rather a list of which players are the most critical to the team’s success in 2014. The list was created based on a player’s overall importance, impact on the field, the player’s position and expectations. True freshmen were not considered for this season.

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