In the days leading up to the start of the University of Wisconsin’s spring football practice on March 26, State Journal beat reporter Jason Galloway will preview each of UW’s position groups. Today, in Part 9 of an 11-part series, he breaks down the Badgers’ wide receivers.
PROJECTED DEPTH CHART
1. A.J. Taylor (above), Sr., and Kendric Pryor, Jr.
2. Danny Davis, Jr., and Jack Dunn, Jr.
Adam Krumholz, Jr.
Aron Cruickshank, So.
Cade Green, So.
Emmet Perry, So.
A.J. Abbott, R-Fr.
Mike Gregoire, R-Fr.
Isaac Guerendo, R-Fr.
Taj Mustapha, R-Fr.
Brady Schipper, R-Fr.
*Stephan Bracey, Fr.
Cam Philips, Fr.
*Cooper Nelson, Fr.
*Not enrolled for spring semester
The Badgers return every wide receiver from 2018.
UW lost its No. 1 wide receiver two weeks before the season began when Quintez Cephus was charged with sexual assault in August. Even so, the Badgers entered the year with a trio of stud wideouts in A.J. Taylor, Kendric Pryor and Danny Davis and still more depth behind them.
The season didn’t pan out as expected for the group, although that could partly be attributed to inconsistent quarterback play.
UW’s passing offense ranked 119th in the country, and only three FBS teams completed fewer 30-yard passes than the Badgers’ eight.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2019
These wide receivers are still talented players, and a fresh start that doesn’t involve Quintez Cephus’ sudden departure and Danny Davis’ two-game suspension could help the group meet its potential this time around.
Better quarterback play would certainly help, but A.J. Taylor, Kendric Pryor and Davis are capable of making more plays regardless.
Aron Cruickshank (above) emerged as the star of spring practice last season. He didn’t see many snaps at wide receiver as a true freshman but played every game on special teams and should challenge Jack Dunn for a spot on the two-deep.
Adam Krumholz, a walk-on, played only four less snaps at wide receiver than Cruickshank, per Pro Football Focus, and could compete for reps again as a junior.
NAME TO WATCH
Taj Mustapha (above) impressed throughout last offseason and played in the Badgers’ first four games before shutting it down in order to redshirt.
While most of those four games were spent on special teams, he caught a 3-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter against New Mexico. If the depth chart wasn’t so crowded already, he would likely be ready for a bigger role as a sophomore.
With everyone back this year, UW’s wide receivers have another chance to prove they warranted the hype of last offseason.