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January 4, 2013

Frederick to enter NFL draft

Wisconsin junior center Travis Frederick announced he will forgo his senior season and enter the 2013 NFL Draft, according to a release from the UW athletic department.

"Thanks to the tremendous support system that I have, I feel very comfortable making this decision to move forward," Frederick said in the release. "I would like to thank everyone that has supported me all along and especially during this decision making process."

Frederick is considered one of the top prospects at center for the upcoming draft, and recently submitted his name to the NFL to get an idea of where he might be selected in April.

A product of Big Foot High School in Wisconsin, Frederick is expected to go in the late first or second round of the draft, much like former Badgers center Peter Konz, who left for the NFL after the 2011 season and was selected by Atlanta in the second round.

Frederick also expressed his gratitude to his family, friends and coaches who helped develop him during his career at Wisconsin. Frederick played for both Bob Bostad and Mike Markuson, but left a special note of thanks for interim offensive line coach Bart Miller in his farewell letter.

"I would like to especially thank Coach Miller for his tremendous work this year under incredibly difficult circumstances," Frederick wrote. "Without him, I would not have the great opportunity that I am faced with today."

Frederick will join senior left tackle Ricky Wagner in the draft proceedings this season, leaving the Badgers with two open spots to fill on the line this spring.

Freshman Dan Voltz was Frederick's understudy at center this season, and will likely be the front runner to replace Frederick next season. Senior-to-be Ryan Groy, who also submitted paperwork to the NFL, has experience at center. He was the starting left guard in 2012 but also played left tackle when Wagner missed time with an injury.

T.J. Woods was announced as the new offensive line coach by Gary Andersen on Thursday.

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