Quintez Cephus kept hearing positive reports from training camp as he waited to find out if he’d be allowed back on the University of Wisconsin football team.
One name that kept coming up: junior quarterback Jack Coan.
“My teammates talked to me a bunch while I was away and they were very, very excited about Jack’s progression,” Cephus said. “I was excited to see what our offense would look like.”
It’s safe to say not even Cephus envisioned a passing display like the one the No. 17 Badgers produced Saturday afternoon during a 61-0 victory over Central Michigan at Camp Randall Stadium.
It’s almost impossible to overshadow Heisman Trophy candidate Jonathan Taylor and a UW defense that has yet to allow a point this season. But Coan — with big help from Cephus — managed to do it during the most lopsided victory of the Paul Chryst era.
Coan produced the fifth-highest passing yardage total in program history, finishing 26 of 33 for 363 yards and three touchdowns.
Add in the work of backup quarterbacks Graham Mertz and Chase Wolf and UW (2-0) finished with 400 passing yards for only the third time in program history. The other two times came in defeats.