After a record-setting freshman year, Jonathan Orr's production tapered to a crawl last season.
Orr set a Wisconsin freshman record with 842 receiving yards, tied a freshman record with eight touchdowns and had 47 receptions two years ago. As a sophomore, though, the resurgence of star Lee Evans afforded fewer opportunities for Orr. He caught just seven passes for 117 yards and no touchdowns. His confidence dropped off as well.
"It was a time when I kind of started doubting myself," Orr said.
In the Badgers' opener against Central Florida last week, however, Orr led the Badgers with three catches and 42 receiving yards. His 16-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter gave Wisconsin a 17-3 lead.
It was the type of performance Orr needed to bolster his confidence.
"I felt as though I did just because I answered some questions I had in myself," he said. "Not so much what other people (thought)…It had more to do with where I was at as a player and as a person."
Orr preceded his touchdown catch with a 17-yard reception on a crossing pattern to convert a third-and-11 into a first down at the UCF 13. Two plays later, he corralled his first touchdown reception since Oct. 26, 2002. Wisconsin will need Orr to make such plays often this season, particularly with tailback Anthony Davis out for at least three weeks, possibly more, with an eye injury.
Orr, however, is not getting carried away after one game.
"One thing that I've learned is, Coach (Barry) Alvarez says….things are never really as great as it seems and never as bad as it seems," Orr said. "It's always somewhere in between. I'm just taking it with a grain of salt."
Orr taking latest performance in stride
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