University of Wisconsin Badgers
Big Foot High School
The underclassmen is expected to be the fifteenth Badgers offensive lineman since the 2000 NFL Draft to be selected in the 2013 phase, as he is a classic “lunch pail” type that the school has proudly featured throughout the years. That wealth of talent up front saw the coaching staff red-shirt Frederick in 2010, but since returning to the field in 2011, he went on to start twenty-seven games – sixteen at center and eleven at left guard.
Frederick might be the least recognized of all of the Wisconsin standout blockers over the years, but the vastly underrated talent proved the last two seasons that he is just as dominant of a drive blocker as his more heralded alumni. During his junior season, his trap blocking skills allowed the Badgers to lead the Big Ten Conference and rank eleventh in the nation in rushing (235.57 ypg). Taking over center duties full-time as a senior, he cleared rush lanes for a ground attack that averaged 236.36 yards per game.
Despite the lack of media attention, professional scouts recognize that Frederick is one of the best centers eligible for the 2013 draft. He is not a “Charles Atlas” type of an athlete, more in the lines of the blockers favored by Joe Gibbs for his “Washington Hogs” front wall, but he has shown renewed dedication to the training room recently, as he impressed team decision makers when he arrived at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine and had a 26-pound decrease from his 2012 listed playing weight.
Frederick did manage to use that bulk and natural strength to consistently stymie bull rushers and create huge holes for Badgers running backs to navigate through. With his upper body power, he is an immovable object once he anchors and keeps his hands active to sustain. He has surprisingly nimble feet that he constantly keeps moving to push the piles and with that thick frame, especially in the lower body, it is rare to see a defensive lineman have any success in walking him back into the pocket.
One area of his game that is classic “Badger territory” is his ability to pull out quickly and lead on sweeps. He gets his hands up quickly after the snap and keeps his head on a swivel to locate secondary targets after delivering his initial block. Experience at guard helped him when he shifted to center, as he was well aware of the other interior line’s mechanics and worked well with his guards on combo blocks and double teams.
Linebackers are equally frustrated trying to maneuver around Frederick, as he uses his big hands and long wingspan to swat the smaller opponents back like they are flies when getting out in front to lead the rushing charge, as he fits on blocks consistently. Even when playing at close to 340 pounds the last two seasons, he was mobile enough to stalk and neutralize second level defenders. At the pivot, he has quick snap mechanics and showed that he can easily handle shotgun snaps with good velocity.
Another area of his game that is certain to impress at the next level is Frederick’s field savvy. He is generally mistake-free and a product of excellent coaching, as his overall mechanics easily match up to the other elite offensive linemen that were tutored at the university. He plays with that typical Wisconsin “search and destroy” attitude, but also performs within the rules, so as to not create costly and foolish penalties.
NFL teams know that with most Wisconsin offensive linemen, high character, versatility and coach-ability are strong suits for each. That could explain why the team has produced fifteen blockers for the league since the 200 draft. Since the 200 season, the line has developed twelve players that received All-American honors. Among that group were Outland Trophy winners, offensive tackles Joe Thomas (2006) and Gabe Carimi (2010).
Thomas was also a two-time semi-finalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award (outstanding college lineman) and both Al Johnson (2002) and Peter Konz (2011) were finalists for the Rimington Trophy (nation’s top center). Frederick added to that trophy case when he received All-American Super Sleeper Team accolades and was named the most under-rated center eligible for the 2013 draft by The NFL Draft Report.
The Wisconsin native attended Big Foot High School, where the three-star prospect, according to Rivals.com, was rated the 83rd-best offensive tackle in the country by that recruiting service. Super Prep rated the two-way lineman as the 73rd-best overall player in the Midwest. In three seasons on the football field, the team captain was a three-time All-State selection, earning honorable mention as a sophomore and first-team accolades his next two campaigns.
Named the Beloit Daily News and Wisconsin State Journal (small school) Player of the Year as a senior, he added All-State honors at both offensive and defensive tackle in 2008. He recorded 151 tackles with eight sacks, 26.0 stops for loss, seven fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles during his career. Those totals included 46 tackles, 4.5 sacks and seven stops behind the line of scrimmage in 2007.
Frederick was named All-County, All-District and Conference Lineman of the Year as a senior, as he closed out his final campaign registering 53 tackles that included ten stops for loss, two sacks and four fumble recoveries. He also lettered three times in track and field, along with earning two letters in wrestling. The National Honor Society member graduated early from high school and enrolled at the University of Wisconsin in time to compete during 2009 spring camp.
Frederick would go on to become the first true freshman in Badgers history to start a season-opener on the offensive line, when he lined up at center vs. Northern Illinois. An ankle injury in Week Two vs. Fresno State knocked him out of the starting lineup for five games. He returned vs. Purdue, but again hurt his ankle and was forced to miss two more contests. He would make it back to the field for the final two games, starting at left guard vs. Hawaii and in the Champs Sports Bowl vs. Miami.
Because of the veterans on the offensive line that would feature two All-American in Gabe Carimi and John Moffett, along with Kevin Zeitler and Peter Konz receiving All-Big Ten Conference accolades in 2010, in order to preserve a year of Frederick’s NCAA eligibility, the Wisconsin coaching staff decided to redshirt him that year.
Frederick replaced John Moffitt at left guard the following campaign, where he started eleven contests at that position in 2011. He sat out the Oregon State clash after he suffered a knee ligament sprain in the season opener vs. Nevada-Las Vegas, but played a major role in helping the Badgers lead the league in total offense (469.86 ypg), rushing offense (235.57 ypc) and scoring (44.14 ppg). When Peter Konz was sidelined late in the schedule, Frederick seamlessly took over center duties vs. Penn State and Michigan State (Big Ten title clash).
Following Konz’ leaving for the NFL in 2012, Frederick was moved to center permanently, as the junior was named All-American and All-Big Ten Conference first-team. He led the Badgers with nineteen touchdown-resulting blocks as the offense averaged 236.36 yards on the ground and a total of 383.29 yards per game. He added Academic All-Big Ten honors and was named to the watch lists for the Rimington and Outland Trophies.
Soon after the Badgers were defeated by Stanford in the 2013 Rose Bowl, Frederick decided that he would not return to school for his senior season and entered his name into the 2013 draft pool. Rather than just “tweet” his decision, like most underclass declared players were usually doing, the Wisconsin lineman penned a letter he sent to the “Wisconsin football family.”
Dear Badger Nation,
Over the past month, I have faced one of the toughest decisions in my life. Though it has been a long and difficult decision making process, I have decided to forgo my final season as a Badger to enter the 2013 NFL Draft.
The decision that I have made has not been easy, and I assure you it has not been made in haste. First, as many of you know, academics are very important to me. I wanted to make sure that I would be able to graduate with a degree from the University of Wisconsin. I am happy to say that I am set to graduate in the spring with a degree in Computer Engineering.
Next, I asked myself if I believed I was ready to take such a large leap in the game of football. I have been incredibly lucky to have played under some great coaches and played with some great players. They have prepared me with the skills, techniques, and football IQ that I believe I need to be successful at the next level.
Lastly, I wondered if I was prepared to make such a huge step in my life. This year has taught me to handle adversity and always take life as a learning experience. I have grown as a person through its struggles and triumphs. Because of this, I feel ready to take this step.
Thanks to the tremendous support system that I have, I feel very comfortable making this decision to move forward. My time at Wisconsin has been filled with many great people that I would like to thank. I have had the opportunity to study under some incredible professors and staff in one of the nation’s top engineering departments. I would like to thank them for their time and dedication.
I have also studied the game of football under three offensive line coaches that have each taught me different techniques and concepts that have molded me into the player I am today. I thank each of them. I would like to especially thank Coach Miller for his tremendous work this year under incredibly difficult circumstances. Without him, I would not have the great opportunity that I am faced with today. I would also like to thank all of the other coaches and staff that have worked incredibly hard and helped lead our program to three Big Ten championships and four bowl games in my tenure.
I would like to thank my teammates for the wonderful memories that we have created together over the last four years. I will forever cherish the times that we had together (yes, even those 5 a.m. conditioning sessions). You have made my experience at Wisconsin memorable and exciting.
Lastly, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the fans, friends of the program and the Wisconsin faithful. Playing in front of you has been both a pleasure and honor, and your support over the last four years has meant the world to me. Wisconsin truly has the best fans in the nation.
I want to wish my teammates and next year’s coaching staff the best of luck. I believe that Coach Andersen and his new staff will lead Wisconsin to great places. Also, I wish next year’s senior class the best; I know you possess the leadership and chemistry needed to excel.
Frederick appeared in 32 games at Wisconsin, starting 31 contests – thirteen at left offensive guard and eighteen at center…His only non-starting assignment was as a left guard vs. Purdue in 2009…Also recorded two solo tackles – one each vs. Northern Illinois (2011) and Ohio State (2012).
Frederick earned All-American first-team honors from The NFL Draft Report (also a member of that scouting information service’s Super Sleeper Team and listed as the most underrated center prospect in the country) and Pro Football Weekly…First-team All-Big Ten Conference selection by the media, receiving honorable mention from the league’s coaches…Member of the preseason watch lists for the Rimington Trophy and Outland Trophy…Staarted all thirteen games at center, producing nineteen touchdown-resulting blocks and 87 knockdowns for a team that ranked third in the conference and 13th in the nation in rushing (236.36 ypg) while averaging 393.29 total yards per game…Did not allow a sack, even though the front wall would see the Badgers quarterbacks sacked 28 times for minus 238 yards during the fourteen-game schedule…Served as team captain…The Badgers scored at least four touchdowns rushing in four contests, as Frederick paved the way for the team to score four times on 213 yards rushing vs. Texas-El Paso, adding four touchdowns and 467 yards rushing vs. Purdue, followed by five more touchdowns with 337 yards gained by their ball carriers vs. Minnesota…The center was credited with three touchdown-resulting blocks as the Badgers ran for eight scores and 564 of its total of 605 yards at Indiana.
Frederick started thirteen games for the Badgers, missing the Oregon State clash after he suffered a medial collateral ligament knee sprain in the season opener vs. Nevada-Las Vegas…Started eleven contests at left guard, shifting to center vs. Penn State and in the Big Ten Conference Championship Game vs. Michigan State, in place for an injured Peter Konz…Behind his stellar blocking, the Badgers generated 3,298 yards with 48 touchdowns rushing, an average of 235.57 yards per game…With Frederick in the lineup, the team rushed for at least four touchdowns in each of the Nevada-Las Vegas (four scores and 241 yards on the ground), Northern Illinois (four touchdowns and 266 yards), North Dakota (five scores and 267 yards), Nebraska (five touchdowns and 231 yards, Indiana (332 yards and four touchdowns) and Purdue (six touchdowns for 364 yards)
Because of the veteran depth on the Wisconsin offensive line, the Badgers coaches elected to red-shirt Frederick, thus retaining three years of eligibility.
Frederick made history when he became the first true freshman to start on the offensive line for the Badgers in a season opener, when he lined up at center vs. Northern Illinois…
He started the following week vs. Fresno State, but suffered a high ankle sprain vs. the Bulldogs that would sideline him for the next five contests…He returned vs. Purdue, but re-injured his ankle and was again sidelined vs. Indiana, Michigan and Northwestern… When center Peter Konz was sidelined (blood clots) and John Moffitt was moved to center, Frederick returned to start the Badgers’ final two games at left guard vs. Hawaii and in the Champs Sports Bowl vs. Miami.
2009 Season…Frederick suffered an ankle sprain in his second career game, vs. Fresno State, missing the next five contests vs. Wofford, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State and Iowa. Returned vs. Purdue, but re-injured the ankle and sat out the next three games vs. Indiana, Michigan and Northwestern before returning for Wisconsin’s final two contests.
2011 Season…Suffered a knee medial collateral ligament sprain in the season opener vs. Nevada-Las Vegas, sitting out Wisconsin’s next game vs. Oregon State.
5.58 in the 40-yard dash…1.93 10-yard dash…3.15 20-yard dash…4.76 20-yard shuttle…
7.81 three-cone drill…28 1/2-inch vertical jump…8’1” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 21 times…33-inch arm length…10-inch hands…77 7/8-inch wingspan.
Frederick attended Big Foot (Walworth, Wisc.) High School, playing football for head coach Rodney Wedig…Named a three-star prospect, according to Rivals.com, and as rated the 83rd-best offensive tackle in the country by that recruiting service…Super Prep rated the two-way lineman as the 73rd-best overall player in the Midwest…In three seasons on the football field, the team captain was a three-time All-State selection, earning honorable mention as a sophomore and first-team accolades his next two campaigns… Named the Beloit Daily News and Wisconsin State Journal (small school) Player of the Year as a senior, he added All-State honors at both offensive and defensive tackle in 2008…He recorded 151 tackles with eight sacks, 26.0 stops for loss, seven fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles during his career…Those totals included 46 tackles, 4.5 sacks and seven stops behind the line of scrimmage in 2007…Named All-County, All-District and Conference Lineman of the Year as a senior, as he closed out his final campaign with 53 tackles that included ten stops for loss, two sacks and four fumble recoveries…Also lettered three times in track and field, along with earning two letters in wrestling…The National Honor Society member graduated early from high school and enrolled at the University of Wisconsin in time to compete during 2009 spring camp.
Engineering Mechanics, with an emphasis towards Computer Engineering..Son of Elizabeth and Darrell Frederick…Born in Sharon, Wisconsin.
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