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High expectations in 2018 for Badgers, RB Taylor


After a record-breaking freshman season, all eyes this year are on Jonathan Taylor to see what he can do at running back in his sophomore campaign. He’s already an early favorite to be a Heisman finalist, but he says he’s just worried about his teammates and improving.

"It is crazy, you know. Growing up, you always watch that [Heisman] stuff and now you’re a part of it," said Taylor on Wednesday at Badger football media day.  "And you know, you never know how it is on the other end. But now on the other end, you’re really just working for your teammates. You’re really just working to try to get better, and you’re just doing what you love."

Taylor rushed for 1,977 yards last season – which was ranked No. 3 in the country.  Wisconsin football coach Paul Chryst says he’s equally as impressed with what Taylor does off the field.

"He is a tremendous team guy," said Chryst on Wednesday at media day.  "I think that who he is going into it has helped because you don’t know [how people will handle success]. A year ago, I couldn’t have sat up here and said, ‘This is what JT is going to do this season.’ And you certainly don’t know how he’s going to handle all those other things that come along with – handling school, and he’s done a great job there. Handling the different attention and requests. So, he’ll continue to grow, I’m sure, and learn, but I really like where he’s at."

Badgers fans won’t have to wait very long to see just what Taylor can do. The Badgers’ first football practice kicks off Thursday. Their first game is at the end of this month, August 31st, against Western Kentucky. 


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