MADISON, Wis. -- If Nate Hammon is being honest with himself, the fact that he finds himself on the field for critical moments of football games at Wisconsin still provides a pinch-me moment. The guy who thought he'd be a college quarterback and then spent a year at wide receiver instead certainly didn't envision any contributions would come at safety.
"I never thought this year ever," Hammon said. "After last year, I didnt think I was ever going to see the field. Ever."
But Hammon, a redshirt freshman, has emerged as one of the most pleasant surprises to Wisconsin's entire defense, and his role continues to grow. He'll be on the field once again for a considerable number of snaps when No. 17 Wisconsin (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten) plays host to Indiana (4-5, 2-3) at 11 a.m. Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium.
Hammon's story begins in high school, when he was convinced he would be a college quarterback. The 6-foot-1, 196-pounder was an honorable mention all-state pick at Milton (Wis.) High as...