MADISON, Wis. Wisconsin's wide receiver core could be broken down into two groups last season: Jared Abbrederis and everybody else.
For Abbrederis, the team's standout long ball threat, that meant garnering most of the throws -- and most of the attention from opposing secondaries. For the rest of the Badgers' young and inconsistent wideouts, it meant plenty of route running with few catches to show for it.
The model clearly did not create sustained success. Once defenses realized they could take away Wisconsin's passing game by targeting Abbrederis, the Badgers were cooked. As a result, Wisconsin ranked 111th out of 120 FBS teams last season in passing offense, averaging 156.9 yards per game.
Wisconsin is busy preparing for next season with spring practices this month, and the team's wide receivers say they're ready to provide the support that was missing a year ago.
"I feel we've gained a whole lot," Badgers receiver Kenzel Doe said. "We're out here making plays you didn't eve...