One thing has been pretty obvious for the Badgers through six spring football practices. The Wisconsin Football depth chart is loaded at receiver. At least eight receivers have had moments in practice that make you think they could be impact players this season. Phil Longo’s air raid offense will certainly help, but it’s looking like the Badgers have the talent to make WR their biggest weapon.
Many Players Have Had Moments
#Badgers just done with practice No. 5. Was a pretty even day with both sides of the ball making some plays. A few guys that stood out:
QB Tanner Mordecai
RB Cade Yacamelli
WR Keontez Lewis
WR Chimere Dike
TE Jack Pugh
CB Ricardo Hallman
LB Tate Grass
— Zach Heilprin (@ZachHeilprin) April 4, 2023
At least one or two receivers have been standouts at practice, according to sources who attend the practices. At first, it was Chris Brooks Jr having great practices. Lately, it’s been Will Pauling. The best part about this is we’re not even talking about players on last year’s team, such as Chimere Dike, Skyler Bell, or Keontez Lewis. This also hasn’t included stud red-shirt freshman C.J. Williams, who has also had some good moments.
Wisconsin isn’t relying on just last year’s players. Dike, Bell, and Lewis all had really good years last season and will be expected to do the same this year. Right now, it looks like there isn’t a clear No. 1 WR on the Wisconsin Football depth chart. Instead, it seems as if as many as eight receivers are making plays and all are standing out. There’s a chance we could see multiple players with similar stat lines and not just one player making noise this year.
Better Wisconsin Football Depth Chart at QB is Helping
Of course, your receivers can’t be productive without good quarterback play. SMU transfer and starting quarterback Tanner Mordecai has put together some good practices as of late, according to Zach Heilprin.
#Badgers done with practice No. 6. Some guys that stood out:
QB Tanner Mordecai
RB Braelon Allen
WR Will Pauling
WR Skyler Bell
LB Maema Njongmeta
LB Marty Strey
— Zach Heilprin (@ZachHeilprin) April 6, 2023
The Badgers have a good starting quarterback, and it seems like they are also getting some production out of their young quarterbacks. Beat writers have also mentioned that Oklahoma transfer Nick Evers had a few bright spots early. Lately, it’s been Mississippi State transfer Brayden Locke that has received a lot of backup snaps. This shouldn’t come as a surprise since Locke has some experience running a similar offense the late Mike Leach ran.
Better Receivers Will Help the Running Game
I mentioned this earlier this year, but I think it’s worth noting again the running game could benefit the most from this air raid offense. Braelon Allen has had to deal with eight and nine-man boxes most of his college career. Opposing defenses didn’t respect what Graham Mertz could do. Despite that, Allen has managed to rush for over 1,000 yards in his first two seasons.
This improved Wisconsin football depth chart at WR will help both Allen and Chez Mellusi. We haven’t heard much from these two so far in spring ball. I would not be surprised if Allen rushed for over 1,000 yards and Mellusi pushes 700 yards, especially if the receiving game is as balanced as it seems right now. If the receivers can keep defenses on their toes, it will open up the run game and should result in fewer eight and nine-man boxes. Braelon Allen could have a field day as a junior if that happens.
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