February 28, 2007

Spring outlook: Wide receivers

It's hard to imagine, but in just a couple weeks the Wisconsin Badgers football team will hit the field again for spring practice. In preparation for spring football, BadgerBlitz.com intends to bring fans up to speed by breaking down each playing group leading up to the first practice. In this preview we take a look at the wide receivers.

MADISON, Wis. - What a difference a year can make.

Heading into last spring, the Badgers were dealing with the departures of the very talented senior receiving duo of Jonathan Orr and Brandon Williams, which left this unit with huge question marks in the starting lineup and even the depth.

Sure, several names surfaced when spring ball convened last March, but the group's inexperience had the staff and fans wishing the cupboard was more full.

Fast-forward to this past season and the wide receivers weren't too shabby considering the NFL talent lost just a semester earlier. During a 12-1 2006 season, Henry Mason's group accounted for 1,344 of the Badgers' 2,749 total receiving yards, highlighted by a duo of former walk-on juniors, making the starting lineup much different than the first-team of NFLers in 2005.

Because of returning experience, Mason and Co. can expect the receivers to be crisp this spring, although they will be without quarterback Jon Stocco, which leaves the unit the task of gelling with potential starting quarterbacks Tyler Donovan and Allan Evridge.

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