Chimere Dike ready to lead the Badgers receiver room in 2022

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Right now, the Wisconsin Badgers sole focus is on their Las Vegas Bowl match-up against Arizona State on December 30th. However, bowl prep season is a delicate balance of preparing for your programs final game of the year, and giving younger players additional opportunity to better evaluate them for the future.

For Wisconsin, they’re set to lose their three most targeted players: Jake Ferguson, Danny Davis, and Kendric Pryor. Not to mention, walk-on Jack Dunn who has logged plenty of snaps in his own right.

That leaves a dearth of opportunity for a young, unproven wide receivers room next season, and plenty of snaps up for grabs.

Nov 21, 2020; Evanston, Illinois, USA; Northwestern Wildcats defensive back Greg Newsome II (2) breaks up a pass to Wisconsin Badgers wide receiver Chimere Dike (13) during the second half at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The logical choice to step into the WR1 spot is Waukesha, Wisconsin native – Chimere Dike. In his Wisconsin career, Dike has caught 30 passes for 431 yards and 2 touchdowns. He’s also received 31 targets this season, ranking fourth on the team.

Dike is a player that runs good routes, excels playing in the slot and isn’t afraid to come across the middle of the field and still secure the ball.

Anyone who has watched Dike knows the stats are in no way indicative of the talent he truly possesses. He has undoubtedly taken a big step in year two, all you need to do is turn on the film.

Dike is a dynamic play-maker capable of taking on the extra workload and becoming a reliable weapon in Wisconsin’s offense.

Chimere Dike has been patiently waiting for his turn to become the WR1 of the Wisconsin Badgers – and it looks like he’ll get his chance in 2022.

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