The Wisconsin Football team was hit hard in recent days thanks to some surprise departures. They’ll have to reload next season.
The Wisconsin Football team was planning on losing a good amount of talent heading into next season. That was the reality with their departing senior class and Jonathan Taylor almost certainly joining that fray. However, the hits have been deeper than anyone could’ve hoped.
Seniors like Zack Baun, Chris Orr and A.J. Taylor were already going to be major losses for the Badgers. Baun and Orr were critical on defense and were the heartbeat of this team. They were also two of the very best players they had and could turn the tide at any moment. Taylor was a nice complimentary receiver on offense as well.
Unfortunately, Jonathan Taylor also declared for the draft. That was not unexpected, as he’s a probable first-round pick in the upcoming draft. He already has a lot of mileage on him after being a three-year starter at Wisconsin so he must make the most of a short shelf life for running backs.
Unexpectedly, wide receiver Quintez Cephus and center Tyler Biadasz also declared for the draft a year early. Cephus re-established himself as the Badgers’ best receiving threat after missing the previous year. He was a great outlet for quarterback Jack Coan and he’ll be sorely missed.
Biadasz will be missed as well. He was tremendous last season and has a chance to be a Day 1 pick as well. His loss will certainly be felt.
Adding insult to injury, return specialist/wide receiver Aron Cruickshank will also be leaving Wisconsin via the transfer portal. He announced his intentions on Wednesday and it came as a surprise to the general media. Cruickshank wasn’t able to find the field on offense like he had hoped and will search out playing time elsewhere.
The Badgers will have a bunch of holes to fill next season. There’s also the major question mark looming over the quarterback position again. Will Coan take the next step and maintain his starting spot? Or will Graham Mertz pass him and take the starting reigns? There are a bunch of question marks heading into the Spring.