Gary Andersen has taken over the head coaching duties for the Wisconsin Badgers and is looking to put his stamp on the three-time Big Ten Champions. His biggest order of business is finding some playmakers on his offense, particularly in the passing game. Following a strong performance in the spring game, wide receiver Kenzel Doe could be the answer.
Doe played in every game last season, but did not figure much into the passing game. He caught just 16 passes for 121 yards. His biggest contribution came in the return game, returning kicks and punts with one return for a touchdown. He showed nice versatility with his athleticism which could be the key for him to find the field more in 2013.
He was featured prominently in the spring game, making several excellent catches, building a rapport with the quarterbacks currently jockeying for the No. 1 spot. He will still be a presence on special teams, but his ability to catch the football could force his way into the main offense, especially in multiple wide receiver sets. If the Badgers incorporate the read-option or jet sweep into their offense next year, Doe’s playmaking ability could see an even bigger share of the offensive load.
Wisconsin is desperately seeking a second option in the passing game to go with Jared Abbrederis. If Doe can continue his strong showing this spring through fall camp, he could be just what Andersen has been looking for. Finding creative ways to incorporate the athletic talents of Doe next fall could make the difference as the Badgers go for their fourth straight conference title.