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Varsity - December 29, 2011

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FOOTBALL WALKING THE LINE Sophomore wide receiver Jared Abbrederis continues to surprise defenders, but his production comes as no shock to anyone who has witnessed the walk-on's work ethic BY MIKE LUCAS • UWBADGERS.COM J ared Abbrederis' curiosity was sufficiently piqued to do a background check on someone that he has come to admire: Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson. "I had some time so I read up on him a couple of weeks ago,'' said Abbre- deris, a third-year sophomore on the Wisconsin football team. "I wanted to learn more about him.'' You can see why since there has been so much com- mon ground in their bios. Nelson played quarterback/defensive back for a small high school (Riley County) in Kansas. Abbrederis played quarterback/defensive back for a small high school (Wautoma) in Wisconsin. Nelson excelled in track and field, winning multiple state titles in the sprints as a senior. Abbrederis excelled in track and field, winning multiple state titles in the hurdles as a senior. Nelson began his college career as a walk-on at Kansas State. Abbrederis began his college career as a walk-on at Wisconsin -- and still is. 31

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