Can one of the biggest defensive tackles on the team hit the high notes? He can try.
Ty Lohr, email@example.com
The Wisconsin Badgers are strangely struggling to exert themselves as the dominant dog of the Big Ten West.
They’ve been crippled by injuries, including their starting quarterback.
They’ve lost their mojo on offense (sound familiar, Penn State fans?) and are desperately searching for playmakers to drive them.
It’s like your trusted, powerful SUV unexpectedly getting nickel-and-dimed to death at the repair shop.
But remember this: The Badgers are now 16-1 in November over the previous five seasons, the most respected of finishers.
And they expect to be in feel-better mode heading into Beaver Stadium Saturday afternoon. They just pounded hapless Rutgers.
The biggest question is whether backup QB Jack Coan can continue his impressive relief work of injured starter Alex Hornibrook.
Then again, this is their time of the year.
Now, for three Badgers most likely to ruin Penn State’s day …
Jonathan Taylor, running back
Meet the nation’s leading rusher (144.4 yards per game) who can run through defenders and accelerate past them.
He’s averaging 6.4 yards per carry, a virtual first-down machine.
He’s a more patient runner this fall behind one of the nation’s top offensive lines. This after setting an NCAA rushing record for freshmen last year.
His one weakness is significant, though. He began fumbling again last week at Northwestern.
Danny Davis III, receiver
The sophomore had a rough start to the season, including a two-game suspension for off-field issues.
Then he was slow working back into the receiving rotation.
But he’s coming on strong at the right time, making a season-best six catches last weekend, including a touchdown grab.
“He has great wiggle, speed. You get the ball in that guy’s hands, you just know he’s going to make a play,” Badger tailback Taiwan Deal told the Wisconsin State Journal.
T.J. Edwards, linebacker
The All-American can be a one-man wrecking crew.
He leads the Badgers with 8.5 tackles for loss and three sacks, always around the ball. He averages 6.8 tackles per game.
His big-play physicality and intimidation set the tone for this defense.