Wisconsin Football: Top Five Big Ten Wide Receivers

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#4 – Quintez Cephus, Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s Quintez Cephus has been on an incredible journey over the last few years.

Most Badger fans are familiar with his story by now. The definition of a hidden gem as a high school prospect, he came to Madison as raw as can be, but loaded with upside that Paul Chryst and his staff were hoping they could tap into.

At this point, it is clear that they struck gold with Cephus, who is well on his way to becoming one of the best wide receivers in the nation and a future pro.

He was having a monster year for the Badgers up until he was knocked out with a season-ending injury against Indiana last November. Had he stayed healthy all season, he would likely be at the top of these rankings right now.

Despite his 2017 campaign being cut short, Cephus still pulled in 30 catches for 501 yards and a team-high 6 touchdowns and was a consensus Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection.

Cephus is healthy now, and if he can remain that way all season, it should be a special year for him and the Wisconsin offense.

He will be the favorite target of an experienced quarterback in Alex Hornibrook, who many Wisconsin fans feel has made huge gains this offseason. Cephus will also have the luxury of playing alongside a Heisman candidate in running back Jonathan Taylor and three other proven receiving threats in Danny Davis, A.J. Taylor, and Kendric Pryor. Opposing defenses are going to have problems containing Cephus with so many other weapons demanding their attention as well.

The potential is definitely there for Cephus to become the Badgers’ first 1,000 yard receiver since Jarred Abbrederis in 2013.