Reinstated wide receiver Quintez Cephus returned to practice with the Wisconsin football team on Wednesday, following his recent “not guilty” verdict on sexual assault charges.
Wisconsin football coach Paul Chryst said on Wednesday that there’s still eligibility issues remaining and no timeline is set for when Cephus will be able to play in a game. When asked by a reporter as to whether school credits was part of the issue, he answered, “Yeah it’s that. I think it’s along those lines.”
The junior wide out is allowed to practice with teammates. Junior running back Jonathan Taylor said Wednesday’s practice “felt like the old days.”
“[Quintez] looked great, in shape, excited, full of energy,” said Taylor after Wednesday’s practice. “You know, [he’s] ready to run every play. So you could tell he was eager to get back. And you know, we’re enjoying it right now.”
Senior linebacker Chris Orr said Cephus participated in individual drills and ran a couple routes.
“[Quintez is] going to have to get back into football shape – as far as catching a ball, getting tackled or having somebody on [his] back.” said Orr. “But physically, I think he’s in great shape.”
“[Quintez is] a really talented receiver, he’s really good in the run game,” said Coach Chryst. “But I think what he brings is… there’s an energy that he brings. If you talk to any of our o-linemen, they love playing with him. I think there’s another component that he adds… and yet he still hasn’t played for awhile now… I know [Quintez] has and I think we all have a high bar for him.”
The last time Cephus played in a game for the Badgers in November of 2017 at Indiana, where he suffered a season-ending leg injury.