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 11th 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.
Frederick managed to use his 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 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.
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 leading 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 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.
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 15 blockers for the league since the 2000 draft. Since the 2000 season, the line has developed 12 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 10 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. He also started at left guard vs. Hawaii and in the Champs Sports Bowl vs. Miami.
Frederick replaced John Moffitt at left guard following the 2010 campaign, where he started 11 contests at that position in 2011. He 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 19 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.
Frederick appeared in 32 games at Wisconsin, starting 31 contests – 13 at left offensive guard and 18 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…Started all 13 games at center, producing 19 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 14-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 13 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 11 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 reinjured 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.
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 firstteam 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 10 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.