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Most people regard Nick Toon as a great player, but his absence is causing a disproportionate amount of chaos on the Wisconsin roster.
The first challenge for the offense is breaking in a new quarterback. The second is finding him a reliable target to throw to. Sure, Jared Abbrederis will retain his safety blanket status, but receivers coach Zach Azzanni needs to find some diamonds in the rough in an inconsistent unit.
Right now, the diminutive Kenzel Doe and Madison-born Jordan Frederick are set to start alongside Abbrederis. Big Ten Championship Game hero Jeff Duckworth is penciled in as a backup with Chase Hammond and A.J. Jordan. It's curious because Duckworth has meaningful game experience with 236 yards last season while Doe has four yards and Frederick has yet to play. Jordan is described as an explosive player, but in a recent interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Jeff Potrykus, Azzanni admits reservations:
He is what you look for in an athlete. He can run. He can run. He can run. You can't teach guys how to run.
He has to grow up faster. He has to go about his business better. He has to create better habits. If he does that, the faster you'll see him catching touchdowns in Camp Randall.
Mannaseh Garner, a powerful athlete who figured to play a role, asked for a transfer yesterday— leaving the scrum to become a receiver even more muddled.
So for now, the depth chart provides little in clarity and much in terms of confusion when it comes to the Wisconsin receiving corps.