The tight end position was up in the air after Troy Fumagalli exhausted his eligibility in Madison. There were two upperclassmen and a redshirt freshman in the mix. Everybody wanted to see Ferguson play. It was just a matter of time.
Ferguson will be the primary tight end in 2019. He’s too good not to be. He burst onto the scene early in the season and had difficulties keeping that level of production up, but then again he was also the primary target of Alex Hornibrook’s and defenses worked to shut him down. The passing game wasn’t very effective outside of Ferguson.
His play this year suggests he’s on track to be one of the best tight ends in the Big Ten in short time and is next in line to be a great tight end at Wisconsin.
Penniston will still be utilized in the offense as more a run-blocking tight end. He was already passed up by Ferguson for pass-catching duties and that’s something he’s unlikely to recapture. Penniston will see the field plenty, but he won’t be the one having his name called as often.