While he was only on campus for three years, it's hard to imagine the Wisconsin backfield without Jonathan Taylor. After accumulating 968 touches over his three seasons, Taylor is off to the NFL where he will hear his name called on day one or day two, leaving behind a legend that will linger for generations.
While Wisconsin is a strong program with ample talent on both sides of the football, it is hard to overstate Taylor’s impact; he casts a long shadow over his successor.
Next Man Up
Nakia Watson was a high three star recruit per the 247 Sports composite rankings, with the Badgers plucking him out of the heart of Texas. A redshirt year in 2018 was an obvious outcome given the presence of Taylor. He then spent 2019 as the direct backup, earning 331 yards on 74 carries, logging most of his numbers in blowout wins against South Florida, Michigan, and Kent State. We got our first look at Watson this past season, yet not nearly enough to draw many conclusions on how he’ll handle the lead role.