Wisconsin Football: Five Badgers Key to an Outback Bowl Victory

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No. 3: Tight End Sam Arneson

Wisconsin’s passing game has struggled, and that’s an understatement. One positive might arise from it, however: Sam Arneson is still largely anonymous.

It would be a mistake, however, for teams to discount the 6-4, 254 pound tight end.

Sep 20, 2014; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers tight end Sam Arneson (49) during the game against the Bowling Green Falcons at Camp Randall Stadium. Wisconsin won 68-17. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Arneson hasn’t had many opportunities in the Badgers scarce passing game, but he’s made the most of the chances he’s had.

Arneson has 27 catches for 354 yards this year, both second-best numbers on the team. He leads the Badgers with 4 touchdown catches.

Wide receiver Alex Erickson is the go-to receiver for the Badgers, but Arneson isn’t afraid to do the dirty work.

When he’s not blocking for Melvin Gordon, Arneson is busy running crossing routes across the middle and making catches in traffic. He’s a big body who can punish a defensive back once the ball is in his hands.

He’s also a big target in the red zone, most of his touchdowns have come in short yardage situations.

Arneson’s numbers don’t necessarily reflect the impact he’s had on the field this season, and he has the chance to break out for a big performance in the Outback Bowl.

Next: No. 2: Linebacker Derek Landisch