Our third and final Q & A with Bucky’s 5th Quarter. Thanks to everyone who helped us out with these, specifically Tyler Hunt who helped us out with this installment.
Jack Coan seems to be a reliable presence at quarterback, but what are his biggest strengths and weaknesses?
Jack is very reliable at quarterback and I think he’s gotten some unfair heat from Badger fans this season. His biggest strength in my opinion is his efficiency. He’s hit the throws when his number has been called more times than not. The two quarterbacks before Jack Coan had a really tough time doing that. As for a weakness, I would say he struggles a bit when the pass rush really gets after him. If Jack has time to stand, make the read, and get off a clean throw its curtains.
How would you describe this Badger offense and how does it differ from previous years?
This Badger offense has some explosiveness to it which isn’t something you can say about some units of years past. Sure they will grind you down time and time again and control the clock, but they can move and win other ways too and will bust off some big plays. Obviously Jonathan Taylor helps that... a lot.
How has this vaunted offensive line held up against Wisconsin’s best opponents? Who are some standouts on the line that we should keep an eye on?
The line has really done a good job against teams like Iowa and Michigan and Ohio State the second time around. Tyler Biadasz is an All-American center and the leader of the unit. Cole Van Lanen at left tackle is pretty great too, but he’s been dealing with some injuries over the course of the season. Really all five are strong together, which is what makes Wisconsin’s offensive line so great year in and year out.
Please take this time to gush about the greatness of Jonathan Taylor.
Last week we did an All Decade Top Ten and Jonathan Taylor was number one. I truly believe he’s the best Badger since Ron Dayne and if he somehow came back next season he would shatter Dayne’s rushing record. That is pretty insane when you think about the Lore that Ron Dayne’s name brings. Taylor’s vision, strength, and burst are really just hard to understand until you see it up close. He’s special. It’s going to be sad to see him likely for the last time, but it would be great to see him go out with a Rose Bowl win.
Outside of Taylor, who are the other playmakers on offense?
The primary other option on this offense is Quintez Cephus at wide receiver. He’s came back to the team incredibly strong and has been Jack Coan’s favorite target by far. His ability to get throws underneath, but also take you over the top as a deep threat really makes him special. He’s and NFL guy which isn’t something that is often said about Wisconsin wideouts.