Though Jonathan Taylor is unquestionably the most important piece to the Badgers’ offense, getting Quintez Cephus, a junior wide receiver, involved early and often is crucial for UW’s success.
If quarterback Jack Coan can get Cephus (above) going, it opens things up for the rest of the offense, including Taylor. That’s the formula that worked for a little over a half against Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game, when Cephus was targeted 14 times, made seven catches and gained 122 yards.
Cephus’ 842 yards this season are the most for the Badgers since Alex Erickson’s 978 yards in 2015.
With a big showing against the Ducks, Cephus has a chance to become UW’s first 1,000-yard receiver since Jared Abbrederis in 2013.
His ability to make contested catches makes him a difficult cover for any defensive back, and UW has done well moving Cephus into a variety of positions so defenses have to adjust. He’ll see a number of corners based on his alignment.