3 Greatest WRs in Wisconsin History

By michael obermuller
Wisconsin fans storm the field against Ohio State.
Wisconsin fans storm the field against Ohio State. / Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
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The Wisconsin Badgers football program goes back as far as 1892, with 128 seasons and a total record of 711-493-52. A number of exciting NCAA wide receivers have come in and out of Madison during that time, but some cemented their names in Badger history forever.

Some even went on to become NFL stars, like Chris Chambers and Al Toon, but these three wideouts are the all-time greatest Badgers to play WR for the University of Wisconsin.

3. Brandon Williams (2002-05)

Only two Badgers have had over 200 receptions during their time at Wisconsin, and Brandon Williams was one of them. Over the course of those 202 catches, Williams accumulated the third-most receiving yards in Wisconsin school history, with 2,924. Sporting News awarded the wideout with a First-Team Freshman All-Big Ten and Second-Team Freshman All-American honors in 2002. Williams was also Second-Team All-Big Ten in 2005. He was drafted in the third round and played three seasons in the NFL, but his days at Wisconsin remain some of the best from any WR to come through Madison.

2. Jared Abbrederis (2010-13)

Jared Abbrederis was best known for his college career, but did play three seasons with the Packers.
Jared Abbrederis was best known for his college career, but did play three seasons with the Packers. / Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The other wide receiver tied with Williams for the all-time Badgers record in receptions is Jared Abbrederis, who also had 202 in his four years ay Wisconsin. The former Badger star actually joined the team as a walk on, and later won the Burlsworth Trophy in 2013, which is awarded to the top FBS college player who started his career in that fashion. Abbrederis finished second in all-time receiving yards with 3,140 and 25 total touchdowns. He was a two-time First Team All-Big Ten player in 2012 and 2013, and was drafted in the fifth round by the Green Bay Packers. He played four seasons in the NFL.

1. Lee Evans (1999-2003)

Lee Evans after he graduated, with the Buffalo Bills
Lee Evans after he graduated, with the Buffalo Bills / Rick Stewart/Getty Images

The best Wisconsin receiver of all-time also ended up having a solid NFL career with the Buffalo Bills (among others). The current leader in Badgers receiving yards, Lee Evans (3,468), averaged 19.8 yards per catch with 27 touchdowns in four seasons. He won an Academic All-Big Ten in 2000, as well as two First-Team All-Big Ten honors in '01 and '03. Evans best season was his Junior year, where he posted 1,500-plus yards, but after tearing his ACL before the '02 campaign, he took a full season off before finishing with another 1,200-plus his Senior year. Drafted in the first round at No. 13 overall, Evans finished with over 6,000 yards and 43 touchdowns in his NFL career. These were solid numbers, but Evans will always be remembered as a Badger, where he is still a legendary figure to this day.


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Michael Obermuller is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Michael also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username king_mizzard. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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