HERO Sports is counting down the days until the kickoff of the 2018 college football season on Saturday, Aug. 25, by featuring the best player in the FBS at each jersey number, from 99-1. Each day, from May 18 through Aug. 24, we'll publish one article showcasing the best player whose jersey number matches the number of days remaining.
Get used to seeing a lot of Badgers on this list in the coming weeks. Quintez Cephus edges Iowa tight end Noah Fant, Louisville receiver Dez Fitzpatrick and others as the best No. 87 in college football.
Cephus's breakout sophomore season (30 receptions for 501 yards and six touchdowns in nine games) was cut short by a gruesome leg injury that kept him out of their final three regular-season games, along with the conference championship and bowl game.
"He's been chomping at the bit," head Paul Chryst said in April after Cephus returned to practice. "It's been a long time. A big part of it is just being around the guys. Certainly, he's with them in the weight room, but it's different. I think Q's excited to get it out of the way and wants to do more. . . . It's good for him and it's good for Alex (Hornibrook) and our offense."
One of the most talented Wisconsin receivers of the last decade, Cephus was particularly deadly on back-shoulder connections with Alex Hornibrook:
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