Spring 2012 - Key
What's happening this spring season? Several FSN publishers provide
their insider info on the key questions that matter to the real world of
college football. Scroll down for the links to all the spring questions.
Q: Are there receivers to work around Jared Abbrederis?
From Benjamin Worgull, http://wisconsin.scout.com/ … There are receivers, but the question is whether they will have the same type of playmaking ability that Abbrederis and outgoing senior Nick Toon had. The Badgers are hopeful that junior Jeff Duckworth is the guy that takes the big step forward. Duckworth's career numbers don't jump out – 18 receptions in 17 games played for 262 yards and one touchdown – but he blossomed down the stretch.
Leading up to the bowl game, Duckworth caught nine passes for 174 yards and a touchdown in his last five games (34.8 yards per game). Of course, catching a 36-yard pass on fourth down to set up Wisconsin's game-winning touchdown verse Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship game doesn't hurt the confidence much either.
Is the offensive line going to be rebuilt fast enough to be at the level it has played at over the last few years?
We've learned over the years that Wisconsin's offensive line reloads and doesn't rebuild. While the Badgers lose 3/5th of their offensive line off last year's team, including two potential first round picks in center Peter Konz and guard Kevin Zeitler, the coaching staff has worked in depth to make the transition seamless.
Junior Travis Frederick flips from left guard to center, where he started his freshman season, and junior Ryan Groy, UW's sixth lineman off the bench last season, steps in at left guard. Rob Havenstein - a massive tackle from Maryland - has been groomed to be Josh Oglesby's replacement for the last two years and Dan Voltz, the four-star freshman lineman out of Illinois, has enrolled early and is every bit as advertised, which should give him a shot at winning the right guard position.
What's the biggest insider storyline from this spring that the average fan should know about?
Once again the Badgers have dipped into their ACC 'farm system' and picked up a transfer quarterback at the right time, as former Maryland junior quarterback Danny O'Brien will step on campus in May and start preparing to win the starting quarterback job in the fall.
It's been a rite of spring that the Badgers are in search of a quarterback – three of the past four years UW has gone into camp with a question mark under center – but the pickings were especially slim this year with its two most seasoned quarterbacks facing serious injuries and the only two healthy bodies under center having virtually no experience.
O'Brien's decision comes at the right time when it once again appears that the only big offensive piece is a starting quarterback with experience. It still will be interesting to see how redshirt sophomore Joe Brennan and redshirt freshman Joel Stave handle another transfer coming in.
Of the healthy two, redshirt sophomore Joe Brennan has the most experience, albeit it limited experience. He played in six games last year in mop up duty after Wilson and the first team offense built a sizeable lead.
As the backup, Brennan looked lost at points and seldom got fans excited about his prognosis. After a woeful 2010 spring game, Brennan completed 6-of-15 passes for 38 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception. Entering his third season, fans are still waiting if Brennan is going to show up to be the guy.
Stave was the most impressive quarterback during last year's spring game and spent his redshirt season leaving the details of the pro-style offense. As a high school senior, Stave threw for 2,635 yards and 22 touchdowns and ran for an additional seven touchdowns, numbers that validate his abilities. He also has been lauded for his smarts, which is essential at the quarterback position.
- Really, who is Notre Dame's best QB option?
- What does Michigan have to do to beat Bama?
- How have things changed at Arizona State?
- Is BYU motivated as an independent?
- Does the Oklahoma D have a new attitude?
- Is Southern Miss starting from scratch?
- Is anything improving at Duke?
- Is Cal's Jeff Tedford on any real hot seat?
- Does Wisconsin have a receiving corps?
- Is SMU RB Zach Line back and healthy?
- What's Changing At ASU Under Gus Malzahn?
- Is The Nevin Shapiro Case Affecting Miami?
- How Is UCLA Different So Far Under Jim Mora?
- Will Florida State Finally Turn The Corner?
- Will Rutgers Be Better Without Greg Schiano?
- Will The Alabama Defense Be As Good As 2011?
- Can Boise State Go On Without Kellen Moore?
- Who Are Northwestern's New Offensive Weapons?
- Is Clemson Over The Orange Bowl Disaster?
- Who's The Next Great Illinois D Lineman?
- What's Changing At ASU Under Gus Malzahn?