StaTuesday: Badgers passing targets through 9 games

Quintez Cephus had emerged as Wisconsin’s No. 1 receiver this season — but now what?

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After leaving this past Saturday’s game against Indiana with an injury, Cephus has already been declared out for this weekend’s game vs. Iowa. And really, who knows how much time Cephus will miss (mainly because Wisconsin isn’t saying), but it didn’t look good and it wouldn’t be a surprise if the wide receiver is done for the regular season.

Cephus has been one of the top targets of quarterback Alex Hornibrook, second only to tight end Troy Fumagalli.

Fumagalli, by the way, leads the Badgers in targets despite missing the Purdue game and has had the most targets (or tied for the most) in every game in the middle third of Wisconsin’s season in which he’s played. In the one game Fumagalli missed, Cephus led with five targets against the Boilermakers.

But back to our question: now what?

If we go by what has occurred over the first nine games, A.J. Taylor’s role will be increased. After all, Taylor is the only other player on the Badgers with more than 20 targets this far. However, Taylor also leads Wisconsin in drops.

Don’t discount Danny Davis, who had five targets against Northwestern and four vs. Purdue among his 18 overall on the season. Kendric Pryor has emerged as well, with 10 targets in Big Ten play, including five vs. Illinois.

Below is a list of all of Hornibrook’s targets through nine games. And by all we mean all. Included in the list are plays lost due to penalties (while they don’t count in official stats, it still gives insight on the play and who he’s targeting). In the chart, LOST/PEN means passes which were likely catches but a penalty on Wisconsin nullified the play. The header INC/PEN indicates passes which were incomplete but there was a penalty on the defense (think: pass interference).

PLAYER TARGETS CATCHES DROPS INT LOST/PEN INC/PEN
Cephus 41 30 2 1
Davis 18 8 1 2 2
Fumagalli 47 30 2 1 1
Groshek 2 1 1
Ibrahim 6 4 2
Ingold 3 3
James 6 4 1 1
Neuville 9 7
Peavy 10 5 2
Penniston 6 3 1
Pryor 10 6 1
Shaw 3 3
Taylor, A.J. 26 14 4 1 1
Taylor, J. 6 3 1 1
Thrown away 1
TOTALS 194 121 12 9 3 5

Also, here’s a list of all the penalties Wisconsin has made this season, including those declined. Nick Nelson was flagged for three pass interference penalties against Indiana, but had committed just four penalties — two for pass interference — in the first eight games.

An illegal block was called in the game against Maryland, and declined, but the referee mentioned no numbers and upon video review the offense was not found.

The Badgers have been called for 16 holding penalties and 10 false starts. The tally:

PLAYER GAME PENALTY YARDS TEAM
Bench Utah State sideline interference 15 st
Benzschawel Nebraska false start 5 off
Benzschawel Maryland personal foul 15 off
Benzschawel Indiana holding 10 off
Biadasz BYU holding 10 off
Biadasz BYU illegal block 15 off
Biadasz Purdue false start 5 off
Biadasz Purdue false start 5 off
Cariiere-Williams Illinois pass interference 15 def
Carriere-Williams Northwestern pass interference 15 def
Cephus Nebraska illegal block 10 def
Cephus Nebraska illegal block 15 def
Cephus Indiana holding 10 off
D. Edwards Northwestern false start 5 off
D. Edwards Purdue false start 5 off
D. Edwards Purdue false start 5 off
D. Edwards Maryland false start 5 off
Deiter BYU holding 10 off
Deiter Maryland false start 5 off
Dietzen Nebraska holding 10 off
Dietzen Nebraska false start 5 off
Dietzen Maryland pass interference 3 def
Edwards Utah State false start 5 off
Farrar Nebraska holding 10 st
Figaro Utah State illegal block 4 st
Figaro Illinois holding 10 st
Fumagalli Utah State unsportsmanlike conduct 5 off
Fumagalli Maryland holding 10 off
Ibrahim Purdue illegal block 10 off
Jacobs Nebraska unsportsmanlike conduct 8 st
Jacobs Purdue holding 10 def
James Utah State illegal block 15 off
Kapoi BYU holding 10 off
Maskalunas Florida Atlantic personal foul 10 st
Nelson Utah State holding 10 def
Nelson Northwestern pass interference 11 def
Nelson Maryland unsportsmanlike conduct 11 def
Nelson Illinois pass interference 15 def
Nelson Indiana pass interference 7 def
Nelson Indiana pass interference 15 def
Nelson Indiana pass interference D def
Neuville Utah State illegal block 9 st
Neuville Indiana holding 10 off
Neuville Indiana holding 10 off
Orr Utah State offsides 5 def
Orr Northwestern offsides 5 def
Orr Illinois holding 10 def
Penniston Nebraska pass interference D off
Penniston Purdue holding 10 off
Ramesh Northwestern holding 10 off
Sagapolu Utah State encroachment 5 def
Tindal BYU offsides 5 st
TJ Edwards Purdue personal foul 15 def
Unknown Maryland illegal block D off
Van Ginkel Nebraska face mask 15 def