Wisconsin is saying goodbye to a standout junior center for the second consecutive season.
Badgers center Travis Frederick has decided to skip his senior season and enter April's NFL draft, a source close to Frederick tells ESPN colleague Joe Schad. As I posted earlier today, ESPN's Mel Kiper projects Frederick as the nation's No. 1 junior center. Kiper had Peter Konz in the same spot a year ago and Konz opted to skip his senior season with the Badgers. Konz was selected in the second round by the Atlanta Falcons.
The source tells Schad that Frederick has been told he'll likely go in the late first round or early second round. If that's the case, it's hard to blame him for making the jump, especially with a new coaching staff -- including another new line coach (T.J. Woods) -- coming to Madison. Frederick earned first-team All-Big Ten honors from the media and was an honorable mention selection from the coaches.
The 6-4, 338-pound Frederick started all 14 games at center this season after starting 11 at guard and two at center (in place of the injured Konz) last season. He made four starts as a true freshman in 2009 before redshirting the 2010 season because of injury.
Freshman Dan Voltz backed up Frederick at center this season.
Goodbye to The Beard and best of luck to Frederick at the next level.