So many of the issues that hampered the University of Wisconsin football team’s offense a season ago had a clear answer.
Why did the passing attack have trouble? The Badgers didn’t have their top two receivers and their younger players weren’t ready to take it to the next level. Why was the racing game slowed down? Teams could load the box to stop him and producing yards became harder to do without a transcendent player in the backfield like Jonathan Taylor.
But arguably the biggest problem with the offense last season – the inability to create big plays – well, this one had multiple layers.
The No.12 UW will need to generate some of those big plays that eluded him last season to open the season with a Saturday win over No.19 Penn State at Camp Randall Stadium.
“Our mindset is that we just want to change the perspective of Wisconsin,” said senior wide receiver Kendric Pryor, who is in good health after missing more than four games last season with a concussion.
“We’re known to work hard, but we’ve got that mindset this spring and summer, in this camp to try to change that narrative here. We have guys on the catcher, on the tight end who can make a play that can open the running play for Jalen (Berger) and Chez (Mellusi) and get them to do their thing.