Wisconsin running back Taylor looks to add to his arsenal

Heisman candidate wants to be a receiving threat

Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor led the country with 307 carries and 2,194 rushing yards last season.

Now, the junior Heisman candidate wants to add another weapon to his arsenal. After catching eight passes in each of his first two seasons, Taylor says he wants to be more of a threat in the passing game.

“One of the big things about camp is it’s a time get reps, a time to play,” Taylor said after practice. “So being able to continuously get reps, continuing to work on it. This is the time to do it.”

Taylor said he’s been picking the brain of fellow running back Garrett Groshek, who was the Badgers top receiving threat out of the backfield last season.

“This is the time to ask the questions you have. This is the time to get the reps. Have different looks. So this is the perfect time to be able to perfect that craft.”

Groshek said Taylor’s going to be hard to take off the field if he continues to improve his receiving skills.

“Last bowl prep he started [catching balls on the JUGS machine] during practice when he wasn’t in. That’s something you can see he’s taken to another level. You can see him making a difference in the passing game now. With that, the sky’s the limit.”