Catching on

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While Travis Beckum and Lance Kendricks continue to battle it out for the tight end spot on the All-Bielema Team, we turn our attention to the wide receiver position.

For our purposes, the starting offense will be made up of a running back, fullback, tight end and two wide receivers. With two open spots, we have included five wide receivers in the discussion. It looks like these receivers will have the benefit of Russell Wilson at QB, Montee Ball at RB and either Beckum or Kendricks at TE. That means a lot of 1-on-1 coverage on the outside. Who is best equipped to take advantage of that?

For two of the WR candidates, special teams play was (and is) a big part of their contributions, Try to separate that, however, as there will be voting for punt returner and kickoff returner in the coming weeks.

The Wide Receiver Candidates:

Thumbnail image for Abbrederis_Jared_IND_2011 (2).jpgJared Abbrederis (2010-present)
Former scout team QB who exploded on the scene as a redshirt sophomore ... 933 receiving yards last season were fifth-best in school history and fifth in the Big Ten ... also had eight TD grabs, which is tied for fifth-best in UW history ... honorable-mention All-Big Ten choice ... in just two seasons, already ranks 18th in school history with 1,222 career receiving yards ... his 16.3 yards per catch in his career is 10th-best in school history ... two career 100-yard receiving games




Thumbnail image for Anderson_Isaac_Mich_09_3.jpgIsaac Anderson (2006-10)
23rd all-time in school history with 1,048 career receiving yards ... played in 46 career games, starting 26 of them ... 80 career catches ... caught 80-yard TD pass on first play of the 2009 season, tied for the fifth-longest pass play in Badgers' history ... also scored his only career rushing TD in that game ... two career 100-yard receiving games



Gilreath_Daivd_IND_08.jpgDavid Gilreath (2007-10)
2008 second-team All-Big Ten ... 2007 first-team freshman All-American ... ranks third in school history in all-purpose yards ... played in 50 career games, starting 18 at wide receiver ... 22nd in school history with 1,077 career receiving yards ... also rushed for 442 yards in career ... best season was as a sophomore, catching 31 passes for 520 yards and three TDs and rushing for 285 yards and two scores ... had a 90-yard TD run at Indiana in 2008, the second-longest run in school history ... ran for 168 yards and two TDs vs. Hoosiers ... also had a 100-yard receiving game vs. Cal Poly ... after bouncing around NFL last year, signed free-agent contract with Pittsburgh Steelers in January

Swan_Luke_WSU_Celebration.jpgLuke Swan (2004-07)
Former walk-on turned team captain ... played in only eight games with no catches his first two seasons then caught 60 passes for 1,046 yards and seven TDs in 2006-07 ... three-time Academic All-Big Ten and two-time ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District ... senior season cut short midway through due to hamstring injury ... only 100-yard game of career came in key 2006 win at Iowa with backup QB Tyler Donovan at the helm ... 17.4 yards per catch for his career is tied for fifth-best in school history

Toon_Nick_Oregon_2011.jpgNick Toon (2008-11)
Third in school history with 2,447 career receiving yards and 171 career receptions ... fifth at UW with 18 career receiving touchdowns ... second-team All-Big Ten as a senior ... 64 catches in 2011 are tied for third-most in school history ... 10 TD catches in 2011 are second-best in UW history ... 926 receiving yards in 2011 are sixth-best in school history ... career-high nine receptions for 104 yards vs. Oregon in 2012 Rose Bowl ... honorable mention All-Big Ten in 2009 with 54 catches for 805 yards and four TDs ... played in 47 career games with 31 starts ... three career 100-yard receiving games


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