Wisconsin WR Garner to miss 3-4 weeks

Wisconsin has good to great depth at several key positions, but wide receiver isn't one of them.

After projected starters Nick Toon and Jared Abbrederis, the Badgers lack proven players and are hoping to build depth in camp. Sophomore Manasseh Garner looked like a good option for the No. 3 receiver role, but he'll miss the next 3-4 weeks following hernia surgery.

Garner will have surgery today and will miss the season opener Sept. 1 against UNLV but should be back for a Week 2 matchup against Oregon State. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Garner, considered a receiver-tight end hybrid, impressed me during spring ball and should provide a boost when he gets healthy.

Who steps up no alongside Toon and Abbrederis?

"Up for grabs," coach Bret Bielema told reporters Tuesday. "You’ve got [Jeff] Duckworth, you’ve got Kenzel Doe, I'm not ruling out any of the three freshmen. I haven’t seen somebody step forward that I would like to come out of the pack."

Doe, a 5-8 freshman projected to be a factor on returns, is an intriguing prospect who enrolled early and turned some heads this spring. Freshman Jordan Fredrick also is a name to watch.

But as good as quarterback Russell Wilson could be this fall, he'll need more options to develop in the passing game.