Most Indispensable Badger - No.4

Most Indispensable Badger - No.4

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. With Jared Abbrederis in the NFL, the face of the wide receiver group is senior Kenzel Doe, who needs to finally break out to propel the Badgers' offense.

The wide receiver position has been a point of emphasis all off season because of the departure of Jared Abbrederis. While it is impossible to replace a guy like him, but the Badgers will need to rely on Kenzel Doe more than ever this season if they want to thrive in the pass game. Doe has experience and has shown the fans and coaching staff that he has the ability to make plays on special teams. He does lack certain things (he’s never caught a touchdown pass) but will be a huge source of the Badgers success when they decide to pass more this season.

Stats: Caught seven passes for 57 yards and no touchdowns in 11 games last season, being limited because of a hamstring injury … Had 20 kick returns for 529 yards (26.4 average) and a 91-yard touchdown against South Carolina … Had 16 punt returns for 116 yards.

Strengths: Doe has impressive speed and agility. He has shown that his speed is nearly unmatched when he has any kind of opening. He can blaze through opponents with ease and is a fluid runner. His speed will be important to Wisconsin’s success.

Weaknesses: Doe lacks a few things, but the major thing is his size. He is not your average receiver, measuring just under 5-9. He lacks the ability to really contest for 50-50 balls but occasionally gets lucky if he gets a good jump.

Why he is where he is: Doe cracks the top five because he needs to play out of his mind this season or else the Badgers will lack a successful passing attack. He will be vital if the Badgers want to contend for a Big Ten championship. He will attempt to fill some kind of void left when Abbrederis graduated.

Overall: Doe will be vital to the offense’s success this season, especially since Gary Andersen wants to utilize the pass game more than ever this season. Doe will be the go-to guy because of his experience and leadership on and off the field. Look for Doe to be consistent this year at both receiver and on special teams.

Up Next: Down to the final three, No.3 on our list impacts the game at multiple positions. When he missed a game last year, the Badgers’ noticeable suffered.

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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