Who Are Wisconsin's Three Key Offensive Players vs. Miami?

Who Are Wisconsin's Three Key Offensive Players vs. Miami?

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Who Are Wisconsin's Three Key Offensive Players vs. Miami?

Neither season went as expected for either Wisconsin or Miami as both schools went from preseason top-10 to finishing 7-5. The only bit of motivation for the Badgers is that UW has a chance to win its fifth straight bowl game.

For Wisconsin to go into the offseason with a little momentum, here are the three key players to watch on UW’s offense against Miami’s No.1-ranked passing defense for the 2018 Pinstripe Bowl on Dec.27.

3, Center Tyler Biadasz

Biadasz was one of Wisconsin’s most consistent offensive lineman this past year as his consistency was rewarded by being named a consensus All-Big Ten selection The sophomore played particularly in the running game, helped Wisconsin average 268.4 rushing yards per game. Miami’s front seven is formidable, allowing only 127.5 rushing yards per game and ranked second nationally in total defense, giving up just 268.3 yards per game. It’s imperative that Biadasz clearly communicates the calls at the line of scrimmage and identifies any potential blitzers to give sophomore Jack Coan time in the pocket and open holes for Jonathan Taylor.

The Hurricanes have averaged 10.5 tackles for loss this season with four different players having registered at least 10 tackles for loss. If Biadasz can consistently win his battle in the trenches, Wisconsin will have a chance at converting manageable third downs.

2, Receiver Danny Davis

Davis had a game to remember in last year’s Orange Bowl with five catches for 56 yards and three touchdowns. Davis is coming off a career-high 10 receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown against Minnesota, giving up three touchdown catches in the last two games. Can Davis continue his strong play against a Miami secondary that’s allowing an average of 140.8 passing yards a contest? The sophomores 40 receptions lead the team and turned him into one of Wisconsin’s most consistent targets in the passing game, as he enters the bowl game with 22 catches, 213 yards and four touchdowns over his last four games. Davis’ ability to create the separation he needs against Miami’s secondary is important, creating a window for quarterback Jack Coan to throw threw and allow Davis to make a big play for the offense.

1, Running Back Jonathan Taylor

Taylor is 11 yards away from topping 2,000 rushing yards on the season, making him the first back to surpass that mark since Melvin Gordon back in 2014. Wisconsin will rely on Taylor often against a Miami rush defense that’s holding teams to average of 3.3 yards per carry. Taylor will have to grind for each yard he gets against Miami’s defense. Taylor has gone up against tough rush defenses over Big Ten play but has been able to top the century mark in each game with the exception of the Northwestern game. His ability to consistently pick up positive yards all season has been big for the Badgers, as he has only lost a total of 23 yards through 12 games this season. With Miami’s ability to consistently make plays in the backfield, it’s vital that Taylor remains patient and uses his vision to help pick up positive yards.

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