With the announcement of Wisconsin’s leading receiver Quintez Cephus out for the remainder of the season Thursday, who the heck is going to catch passes from the wide receiver position?
The Badgers will attempt to replace their leader in receiving yards and touchdowns, and the task they’re trying to accomplish looks to be far from easy.
With Cephus’ injury, the top-three receivers coming into the season–Jazz Peavy, George Rushing and Cephus–are all on the sidelines. Peavy has been out since Nebraska and has just three catches on the season, and Rushing hasn’t played yet this year with a nagging left-leg injury.
So, that’s at least a bit of a positive for the Badgers at wide receiver because they’ve become used to playing without Rushing and Peavy. But, adding Cephus to that list–Badgers’ most consistent receiver all season-is a whole new animal.
Those seeking to filled Cephus’ void are several names that Badgers’ fans have seen this season, albeit sparingly.
The trio hoping to accomplish this task are A.J. Taylor, Danny Davis and Kendric Pryor. The combination has 28 receptions for 481 yards and three touchdowns. They’ve all showed glimpses of excitement, Davis as a deep-threat and Taylor as a consistent intermediate pass-catcher.
While the three have heaped together some decent numbers, Cephus, alone, has 30 receptions for 501 yards and six touchdowns.
Whether or not the supporting cast can fill the void is yet to be seen, but it seems essential to the team’s success the rest of the season…because Troy Fumagalli can’t be expected to catch everything.
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