Before this season, frustration loomed in Badger fans as it seemed like Nick Toon was never going to be fully healthy. On top of that, Toon has been known for dropping some passes.
At 6'3" and 225 pounds, Toon's speed and size is superior to his opponents and with the 2011 now in full swing, he is seeing the benefits of producing on the field. Not only does he help the Badgers become a balanced attack, he is improving his NFL prospects and is looking more and more like a first day pick.
Toon is on pace for over 1,000 yards and has multi-touchdown games twice in five games, which also includes 18 yards per catch! The son of Al Toon is finally hitting his stride in his senior year and the Badgers are benefiting tremendously from it.
Another receiver that is having a productive season is walk-on Jared Abbrederis. He was supposed to have a scholarship this season, but due to the transfer of Russell Wilson, will have to wait for that scholarship.
With or without that scholarship, Abbrederis has been a difference maker for the Badgers as he has amassed 16 receptions for 279 yards and two scores over his last three games. That is good for almost 18 yards per catch.
What impresses me most about these Badger wideouts are their run block ability. They have a non-stop motor and use their size to shield smaller cornerbacks and really makes the running back's route to the second level that much easier.
You can never mention a Badger passing attack without bringing up a tight end. The Badgers have been a tight end factory over the last several years as they have produced Owen Daniels, Travis Beckum, Garrett Graham and Lance Kendricks, all on NFL rosters.
Next in line is Jacob Pedersen, a player who might Bielema says might be the most complete player at that position when his time ends in a Badger uniform.
He has been a safety valve for Russell Wilson and is known for making big plays as he has averaged 16 yards per catch including four touchdowns.
All three of these Badger receivers are integral to the Badger offense and all have shown to be big play threats on a consistent basis this season.