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Wisconsin Football: 5 Players Who Are In Line To Breakout In 2014

Wisconsin Football: 5 Players Headed for Breakout 2014 Seasons

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The Wisconsin Badgers have just eight returning starters (five offensive, three defensive) from 2013 this year, but they are still ranked 14th in the initial coaches' poll that was released on Thursday.

Here are five players who are ready to emerge in head coach Gary Andersen's second season at helm.

5. QB Tanner McEvoy

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5. QB Tanner McEvoy

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McEvoy moved back to quarterback during spring practice after moving to wide receiver and eventually safety last season. His running ability is something Andersen seeks in quarterbacks, so McEvoy may see the field some even if he doesn’t beat out Joel Stave (pictured) for the starting job.

4. RB Corey Clement

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4. RB Corey Clement

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Clement averaged 8.2 yards per carry on 67 carries in 2013, and with James White moving on to the NFL he is in line for a bigger role as a sophomore this year.

3. WR/KR Kenzel Doe

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3. WR/KR Kenzel Doe

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Doe averaged 26.5 yards per kickoff return last year, which tied for the best in the Big Ten in that category. He has just 25 career receptions, but Doe's offensive role should expand this year with the Badgers' top three pass catchers from 2013 gone.

2. CB Sojourn Shelton

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2. CB Sojourn Shelton

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Shelton started 12 of 13 games last season as a freshman, and led the Badgers with four interceptions (tied for third in the Big Ten). If he takes another step this year, the Badgers will maintain a top-tier pass defense and Shelton could become a household name nationally.

1. RB Melvin Gordon

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1. RB Melvin Gordon

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Gordon rushed for over 1,600 yards with 12 touchdowns last season, all while not leading the Badgers in carries (206). With James White now trying to earn a spot with the New England Patriots, Gordon will become No. 1 on the depth chart and a 2,000-yard season is not out of the question.