Wisconsin 2013 season preview The Wisconsin Badgers enter the 2013 campaign in rebuilding mode after a disappointing 6-7 season in 2012. Holes in several positions left by prior coach CPU have left the Badgers thin and very young at several positions. A top ten recruiting class by Coach Tuco in his first full season of recruiting will put bodies in spots needed but leave Wisconsin green in critical positions. Senior Jon Budmayr takes over the quarterback position after spot duty as backup the last three seasons. Monte Ball assumes running back responsibilities and, like Budmayr, served as a three year backup behind graduated Erik Smith. Ball is more of power back then the speedy Smith, who gained over 1000 yards on the ground in 2012. Junior Eric Evans is the lone returning starter at the skill positions after catching 24 passes last season as the #2 WR. The offensive line is a concern, where just two starters return and freshmen will be thrown into the fire at both guard spots. In 2012, the Badgers had a solid front seven defensively but four starters are gone. Senior AJ Fenton leads Wisconsin in a critical area, considering the running games of fellow conference members Michigan, Ohio State and Notre Dame. The Badger pass defense was a disaster in 2012 and cost Wisconsin several wins in close losses. The secondary is relatively still young, but experience should allow for improvement. Overall, it may be tough year in Madison. Although last seasonÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s 6-7 record was discouraging, the Badgers were a few bounces of the ball away from nine to ten wins. If Wisconsin can avoid the costly late game errors that plagued them in 2012, they should be expected to contend for a bowl berth before higher expectations in 2014, when the Badgers should be positioned for a run at the Big Ten title.