As they hit the practice field for spring football, the Badgers have high hopes for their passing attack. Quarterback Alex Hornibrook returns along with most of his receiving corps. There is one noticeable absence, however. Last season’s leading receiver, Troy Fumagalli, is off to the NFL.
Fumagalli had a big senior season. He earned second-team All-American honors while catching 46 passes for 547 yards and four touchdowns. The Badgers will look to a committee of tight ends to replace that production.
Wisconsin has a pair of tight ends with substantial game experience. Senior Zander Neuville caught nine passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns last season. Junior Kyle Penniston added 56 yards on seven catches with a touchdown. Penniston says the tight end meeting room has felt different this spring without Fumagalli.