Wide receivers Quintez Cephus and Danny Davis will not be participating as the Wisconsin Badgers begin their 2018 season next Saturday due to events that occured on April 22nd. Two felony charges against Cephus state he sexually assaulted two intoxicated women after a night out at the Double U, a bar on campus in Madison. According to the reports, Davis, Cephus’ roommate, was present and allegedly took pictures of the women.
Davis has been suspended by the Badgers for the first two games of the season and Cephus away from the team indefinitely as the investigation unfolds. With two of the Badgers’ top wideouts unavailable for the foreseeable future, what options are available for Junior quarterback Alex Hornibrook?
The two wide receivers with experience are Junior A.J. Taylor and Redshirt Sophomore Kendric Pryor. Taylor, who played in all 14 games last year, is returning with the most receptions (31) and second most receiving yards (475) and touchdowns (5) next to Cephus. Pryor played in 10 games last season and emerged as more than a receiving option for the Badgers. He finished the season with 13 receptions for 179 yards and a touchdown, but he also found success in the ground game with five rushes for 63 yards and two touchdowns.
Other options with less experience would be Redshirt Sophomore Adam Krumholz and Freshman Aron Cruickshank. Wisconsin native, Adam Krumholz, is from from Stoughton, Wisconsin and appeared in six games last season in a special teams role with one game in a wide receiver role. Cruickshank is another intriguing option as a true Freshman. He is an early enrollee which allowed him to participate in spring and show off his blazing speed. The native of Brooklyn’s high school coach, Danny Landberg, noted Cruickshank is “SEC speed coming to Wisconsin” which is something the Badgers have lacked.
As more information information is released, we will provide you with more analysis and factors leading into the Badgers’ season and Quintez Cephus’ pending investigation.