Wisconsin Badgers Position Breakdown: Fullback

By Brian Weidy
Derek Watt Wisconsin Badgers
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After looking at the Wisconsin Badgersquarterbacks and running backs, the next position up is fullback. With many positions in flux for the Badgers, this one is not. The starter here is redshirt sophomore Derek Watt with converted running back Derek Straus and junior transfer Kevin MacCudden backing him up.

In his freshman year, Watt started five games, racking up 12 receptions for 150 yards and carried the ball twice for five yards. Watt was a force to be reckoned with in the second half. In each of his last six regular season games, Watt recorded at least one reception including a ten or more yard reception in each of his last four regular season games. Watt is also an excellent blocker, and his versatility in the passing game gives the quarterback a frequently uncovered safety valve.

MacCudden, a transfer from the University of Dubuque, should be a valuable asset as an extra body on special teams and as a blocker. In high school he was a second-team all-conference running back and linebacker. MacCudden also made headlines for his dance-off against linebacker Ben Ruechel, an act which got them onto SportsCenter’s Top 10.

Straus also looks to provide depth at the position. He got into five games last season, recording a tackle against Penn State. Straus was first-team all-conference on both offense and defense and was all-region and honorable mention for all-state.

These three players should each improve as MacCudden is the oldest of the three being a junior while Watt should develop into an excellent fullback with great hands and great blocking ability. With the quarterback position in flux, the Badgers have a rare asset in an excellent group of fullbacks who provide an extra dimension to their passing game.

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