Most Indispensable Badger - No.8

Most Indispensable Badger - No.8

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. Soon to be a three-year starter on the offensive line, right tackle Rob Havenstein will be a big factor in the success of Wisconsin's run and passing game.

Experience is something that Wisconsin supposedly lacks this season, returning very few starters off last year’s roster. One of the most experienced players chimes in at number eight. Senior right tackle Rob Havenstein is one of the most impressive and unsung players on the squad. With 28 starts under his belt, Havenstein is a force to be reckoned with. With plenty of preseason accolades given to him thus far, he will look to stay consistent and help anchor a strong offensive line.

Stats: Earned third letter, starting all 13 games at right tackle ... Anchored offensive line that paved the way for UW's offense to set school records for total offense (480.8 yards per game), rushing yards (3,689) and rushing average (6.62 yards per carry) ... Badgers also posted the third-best scoring mark in school history by averaging 34.8 points per game.

Strengths: Havenstein is incredibly strong and has an impressive frame at 6-8, 333 pounds. He has the ability to handle whoever he is matched up against. He also has surprising athleticism that is not common for someone of his size. His lateral quickness is what really sets him apart.

Weaknesses: Havenstein does not have any real apparent weaknesses, hence why he is slated to be an All-American selection this season.

Why he is where he is: Havenstein breaks the top 10 because he is a vital piece to the offense even though he doesn’t touch the football. He is about as consistent as one can be at the collegiate level and it will be impressive watching him this season.

Overall: With back field threats in Melvin Gordon and Corey Clement, Havenstein is a huge asset in helping the Badgers clear running lanes. His strength and surprising quickness make him a matchup nightmare. He is an impressive player and is beyond experienced. If he plays as consistent as we have seen in the past, the run game will flourish like it always has.

Up Next: Although one of many players battling injuries during fall camp, our No.7 player on our list – when healthy – packs a punch to Wisconsin.

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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