It's Showtime for Wisconsin Badgers Wide Receiver Nick Toon

Ryne EberleContributor IIJuly 1, 2010

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 10:  Wide receiver Nick Toon #1 of the Wisconsin Badgers runs with the ball against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on October 10, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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When's the last time the Badgers had a dominant wide receiver?

If you're going back to Lee Evans or Chris Chambers, you can probably agree then that it's been far too long.

That may change this season though, because junior wide receiver Nick Toon is looking to give the Badgers a much needed play-making wideout in 2010.

Toon has been named to the second-team Preseason All-Big Ten by Phil Steele and Athlon Sports, according to the university web site. 

This comes after being an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten pick after the 2009 season, in which he had 54 receptions for 805 yards.

Those 805 receiving yards ranked second all-time among UW sophomores and 11th for a single season at Wisconsin. 

More importantly, Toon led the team in receptions and receiving yards, which proves he can once again be the team's go-to receiver.

Toon was also quarterback Scott Tolzien's favorite receiver to throw to, and Toon's talent combined with Tolzien's pass efficiency (which led the Big 10) could prove to be a dangerous duo. 

Another way Toon can be effective is thanks to Wisconsin having other offensive threats like Lance Kendricks, John Clay, and the also-talented number two receiver Isaac Anderson. 

Therefore, Toon may not be double-teamed or face a defense focused heavily on him.

If the Badgers can have another great season running the ball and another season of Tolzien leading the team down the field, look for Nick Toon to bust out in 2010.