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5 Wisconsin Football Players With the Biggest Shoes to Fill in 2014

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5 Wisconsin Football Players With the Biggest Shoes to Fill in 2014

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The Wisconsin Badgers are coming off a relatively strong 2013 season in which they lost four games under first-year head coach Gary Andersen. The Badgers will look to improve in a rising Big Ten Conference, but in order to succeed in 2014 they will need up-and-comers to step into roles that were once occupied by veteran players.

Here are five players who have the biggest shoes to fill in 2014.

5. Nate Hammon, Safety

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5. Nate Hammon, Safety

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The former wide receiver started to come into his own during the 2013 season alongside safety Dezmen Southward in the secondary, but Nate Hammon is still a work in progress. Although Southward was the only defensive back lost after 2013, Wisconsin will need to rely on Hammon, as well as other young guys in the secondary to step up for the Badgers this year.

4. Melvin Gordon, Running Back

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4. Melvin Gordon, Running Back

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Melvin Gordon would be higher on this list, but he was a top contributor last season for Wisconsin. Last year, Gordon split time with RB James White, who was drafted by New England, and finished the season with over 1,600 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns. Gordon's touches picked up during the latter part of 2013 and that momentum should allow him to emerge as one of the top running backs in college football this season.

3. Kenzel Doe, Wide Receiver

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3. Kenzel Doe, Wide Receiver

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In 2014, wide receiver Kenzel Doe will be filling in for new Green Bay Packer Jared Abbrederis. Abbrederis was the most consistent receiver for the Badgers last season, totaling 78 catches, 1,081 yards, and nine total touchdowns. Doe has seen significant playing time the past two seasons, but in 24 games he's only hauled in 23 passes for 178 yards and no scores. Doe will be looked upon in a passing game that should be a point of emphasis in 2014.

2. Warren Herring, Defensive Tackle

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2. Warren Herring, Defensive Tackle

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Defensive tackle Warren Herring has big shoes to fill (literally) with Beau Allen moving on to the NFL. Allen was a mainstay in Madison, never missing a game throughout his four-year career and starting in 26. Herring has played in 35 games during his first three seasons at Wisconsin and has shown flashes of being a legitimate replacement for Allen.

1. Marcus Trotter, Linebacker

Marcus Trotter
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1. Marcus Trotter, Linebacker

Marcus Trotter
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Marcus Trotter may have the biggest shoes to fill in Wisconsin during the 2014 season. Trotter, who filled in well for an injured Chris Borland in 2013, becomes the permanent replacement this year. Although he only played in five games, Trotter was able to amass 23 total tackles, including 18 during a two-game span. Trotter will need to channel that level of play if he's going to successfully fill the void left by Borland in 2014.

The Wisconsin Badgers’ football schedule will begin on August 30 against the LSU Tigers in Houston as part of the Advocare Texas Kickoff.