DE DAVID GILBERT JUNIOR
The 6' 4" 250-pounder started 2011 with three sacks in the Badgers' first four games but then suffered a season-ending foot injury. Blessing in disguise? Co--defensive coordinator Charlie Partridge says the unplanned redshirt year could set up a huge '12.
TE JACOB PEDERSEN JUNIOR
A massive go-to guy for a new quarterback
The Badgers have a history of developing pro-caliber tight ends—Travis Beckum, Owen Daniels and Lance Kendricks among them—and Pedersen could be next. Eight of his 30 catches in 2011 went for TDs (tied for second most among the nation's tight ends). The 6' 4" 242-pounder will give quarterback Danny O'Brien a big target over the middle and in the red zone.