Big Ten Predictions: Why Jared Abbrederis Will Be the Conference's Best in 2012
There are a number of talented receivers to watch in the Big Ten in 2012, but one of them in particular is poised to rise to stardom this fall.
His name: Jared Abbrederis.
Out of Nick Toon's shadow, Abbrederis, a former walk-on, will be the focal point of the Badgers passing game in 2012.
Montee Ball and James White
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Everyone knows about this duo already, especially after Ball's star-studded 2011, but they will be one of the biggest keys to the passing game's success this season.
The Badgers will use the combination of Ball and White to set up the air attack and therefore open up opportunities for Abbrederis and company.
If the running game can manage anywhere close to the same success it enjoyed in 2011, the chances for Abbrederis to break out will come aplenty this fall in Madison.
Nick Toon Graduated
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With all due respect to the former Badgers receiver and one of the newest members of the New Orleans Saints, his graduation will create more and more opportunities for Jared Abbrederis to shine.
Last season, despite serving as the No. 2 receiver for most of the season, Abbrederis brought in 55 passes for 933 yards and eight touchdowns.
Well, that remains to be seen, but expect even gaudier numbers from a guy who has risen a long way to the top of the depth chart.
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The Maryland transfer will continue the trend of ACC quarterbacks turned Badgers in 2012.
O'Brien, who graduated in three years from Maryland, will be eligible to play right away and will step in to replace the departed Russell Wilson.
The Kernersville, N.C. native regressed a bit in 2011, following a stellar freshman season, but expect him to bounce back with a weapon like Abbrederis to throw to.
Those are just a few of the reasons why Jared Abbrederis will be the Big Ten's best receiver this fall and should become a household name in the very near future.