There are many questions facing the 2014 Wisconsin Badgers heading into this upcoming season. Who will win the quarterback battle, Joel Stave or Tanner McEvoy? What player or players will step up on the defensive side? And just as important, who will be the player to step up and fill the shoes of Jared Abbrederis?
Offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig offered insight to that final question. While talking to BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart, Ludwig not only mentioned who could be the number one receiver but also some players that could play big roles in the offense.
When asked about the wide receiver position, Ludwig had this to say:
It’s tough to replace Jared Abbrederis. We have three guys who have played in Kenzel Doe, who was more of a role player last year and had that big return in the bowl game. Alex Erickson was a part-time starter last year who came on late. Robert Wheelwright was a true freshman last year. Unfortunately, he got hurt the first day of spring ball. He has had a good summer. He’s a guy we are counting on stepping up from Day One in the fall at the X-receiver position. Jordan Fredrick is a returning starter. He’s a bit more of a role player. He’s a flanker, the Z. He is a big help as a blocker down field.
We also have three freshmen. We hope one or two will step up and contribute. Natrell Jamerson, George Rushing and Krenwick Sanders.
And as for a number one receiver to be the go-to guy, a name that has been speculated to be “the guy” was said:
Wheelwright would be the guy among the players we have worked with. I am anxious to see the three newcomers. We need one of those to help. Absolutely.
It’s going to be interesting to see which one of the freshmen-Jamerson, Rushing or Sanders-will be the one to emerge head and shoulders above the rest of his classmates. It will also be very important that Doe, Erickson and Fredrick not only step their game up but help the younger crop of receivers as well.
As for this offense as a whole, right now head coach Gary Andersen and his staff has a lot of figuring out to do. The quarterback situation is one that should play itself out in fall camp. The receiver battle is just as important because it would eleviate a lot of pressure off that running game, specificly Melvin Gordon. This fall camp for the Badgers will be very intriguing and one that many will keep their eyes on.