On Saturday, in Wisconsin’s game against Indiana, wide receiver Quintez Cephus went down with a left leg injury after getting it rolled up on.
Today (Thursday), it was announced that the lead receiver for Wisconsin will miss the rest of the season due to the injury, according to the Thursday injury report.
Cephus leads Wisconsin in receiving yards with 501 yards, receiving touchdowns with six and average yards per game with 55.67 yards. There is no doubt that it is a huge blow for an up and coming balanced Wisconsin offense.
“You know Quintez is a huge loss for us obviously. You’ll miss him on the field. But the thing you’ve seen is that guys will step up, regardless of their role,” offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph said on Tuesday, prior to knowing the extent of the injury.
Cephus proved to be one of quarterback Alex Hornibrook’s favorite targets and was often the target of red zone passes. His ability to go up and convert 50/50 jump balls made him a standout this year not just in Wisconsin, but in the Big Ten.
“Everybody is going to have to take a step up, maybe a couple of notches and yeah just have to start working a little bit harder,” fellow receiver A.J. Taylor said on Tuesday.
Luckily for Wisconsin, freshman stud receiver Danny Davis has recently come back from injury and will figure to be a lot more involved with Cephus shut down for the season.
Sophomore receiver Kendric Pryor will now slide in as the third receiver. On the season, Pryor has six catches for 80 yards.