University of Wisconsin wide receiver Jazz Peavy is taking time away from the team for personal reasons.
“Just kind of working through some things with Jazz,” UW coach Paul Chryst said Monday. "He’s working through his ankle injury and also going to take some time away to work through some personal things."
Peavy missed the Badgers’ previous two games against Purdue and Maryland with his right ankle injury.
Most expected the senior to be UW’s No. 1 wide receiver this season, but he caught just five passes for 55 yards in the five games he played before being sidelined by his injury.
Chryst said Oct. 12 that Peavy’s injury had been lingering for weeks and that it could have affected his play this season.
Peavy led the Badgers with 635 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns last season while finishing second on the team with 43 catches.
Illinois misses on Edwards
Growing up in Lake Villa, T.J. Edwards desperately wanted to remain in his home state and play his college football at Illinois.
UW had the foresight to make a scholarship offer when the Illini didn’t, however, and Edwards has gone on to enjoy individual and team success with the Badgers. Illinois, meanwhile, has compiled a 16-28 record since Edwards moved to Madison.
“I wanted to go there so bad at first,” Edwards said. “Growing up, I was a huge (Illinois) fan. … I took one visit. They said they were going to call me back with an offer and I can take my official (visit). There was no call or anything."
While Edwards started as a redshirt freshman in 2015 and has grown into one of the Badgers’ best defensive players since, he mainly played quarterback at Lakes Community High School.
He said his lack of tape as a defensive player likely led to the hesitation from Illinois.
"I had no defensive film,” Edwards said. "I was just playing quarterback. They had no clue. I loved the place, but whatever. … Luckily I got a big-time offer from here, and it’s been good ever since."
Taylor earns Big Ten honor again
UW running back Jonathan Taylor earned the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Week award for the third straight week after he rushed for 126 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries against Maryland on Saturday — the fifth time in seven games he’s topped 100 yards.
It was the fourth time this season Taylor earned the honor, as he also received it following his 223-yard, three-touchdown performance against Florida Atlantic in Week 2.
During UW’s first drive against Maryland on Saturday, he matched the FBS freshman record for the fewest games needed to gain 1,000 rushing yards.
Indiana kickoff time announced
UW’s game at Indiana on Nov. 4 will kick off at 11 a.m. and be televised by ABC.
The Badgers have won nine straight over the Hoosiers, most recently a 51-3 victory in 2013 at Camp Randall Stadium. Indiana’s last win over UW came in 2002.