MADISON, Wis. When wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni began his first season at Wisconsin, he had no idea how the number of catches would be split among his players. Yes, standout Jared Abbrederis would garner the bulk of the throws. Beyond that, it was anybody's guess.
"I knew collectively they were going to be the No. 2 receiver," Azzanni said. "I really didn't have one guy stepping up. They all do different things well. Collectively, they were going to be the second guy."
Through nine games, Azzanni's premonition has proven to be spot on.
Abbrederis has caught 37 passes for 675 yards and five touchdowns, emerging as one of the top wide receivers in the Big Ten. The rest of the team's wide receivers Jordan Fredrick, Kenzel Doe, Jeff Duckworth, Chase Hammond and Reggie Love have caught a combined total of 35 passes for 346 yards and no touchdowns.
"We always want to do better than what we've done," Fredrick said. "Obviously we could. There's some plays that we've left behind....