It could very well be the case that Wisconsin already has made the move it needs to turn its season around by benching Danny O'Brien and inserting redshirt freshman Joel Stave at quarterback. The offense looks to have turned a bit of a corner with this setup, even as Montee Ball's brain health is back in question after taking a huge hit last week against UTEP.
But if Stave's going to succeed, he's going to have to do so by diversifying the offense just a little bit more. Currently, Jared Abbrederis is the (unsurprising) leader of the Wisconsin receiving corps, topping the Badgers with 13 catches for 245 yards and three TDs through the air. Tight end Jacob Pedersen is next in line with nine grabs for 95 yards and a score.
After that? In terms of actual production from a wide receiver, the next-best yardage-wise is redshirt freshman Jordan Frederick with five catches for 75 yards, while Wisconsin also has Jeff Duckworth contributing seven catches for 55 yards.
Regardless of which of those two guys steps up, it's instrumental that at least one does; if Wisconsin can demonstrate a variety of potent receivers (which is to say, two), it forces the defense to cheat less and opens up the box for a more potent ground game. It also keeps double coverage off Abbrederis.
If that all happens, Wisconsin should be able to climb out of the cellar in which its offense has operated, and since the defense has played more or less good football, a relatively good season could and should still be in order for the Badgers.