04/29/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Wide Receiver: Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin, 6-1, 195, 4.50...Slick receiver who has a knack for finding even small windows in a zone defense and if the window closes he is shows tenacity to go get the ball. Lacks speed that will invite any sort of special coverage, but will give fits to faster, more athletic defenders tasked with trying to cover him without help. Former high school quarterback who made team as a walk-on and coaches had to find a way to use his athleticism and competitiveness. Married, devout Christian with one son.
Frankly: Anybody out there remember Bobby Chandler (USC, Buffalo, Oakland)? He was a former high school quarterback who was 1970 Rose Bowl MVP as a wide receiver, then used his zone-busting skills to lead the NFL in receptions from 1975-77 with 176. He was a great guy who left us too soon, of cancer in 1995. Watching Abbrederis, I thought of Chandler. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
01/20/2014 - 2014 SENIOR BOWL, WIDE RECEIVER: Arrow pointing up: Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin...A former walk-on, Abbrederis is a balanced athlete with gliding speed and short-area quickness to create separation in coverage. Although he's not the biggest or fastest, he is a savvy route runner and reliable hands-catcher who projects as a dependable NFL target. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
12/09/2013 - 2013 BURLSWORTH TROPHY WINNER: His football career is far from over, but the journey Wisconsin's Jared Abbrederis took to the top was worth another look Monday. The senior wide receiver was named the winner of the Burlsworth Trophy as the nation's most outstanding player that began his career as a walk-on in a ceremony in Springdale, Ark. He won the award over fellow finalists Max Copeland of Missouri and Trey Watts of Tulsa. "You think about the hard work that you put in through the years that brought you to where you are today," Abbrederis said after accepting the fourth-annual award. "All those memories come back and you're honored, blessed."
A semifinalist in 2012, Abbrederis claimed the award following an outstanding regular season that saw him make 73 receptions for a career-high 1,051 yards and seven touchdowns. A consensus first-team All-Big Ten selection, he became the first Wisconsin wide receiver to earn first-team all-conference honors in consecutive seasons since Al Toon in 1983 and 1984. Abbrederis ranks in a tie for second all-time at UW with 23 touchdown receptions. He also ranks second all-time in receiving yards (3,110) and receptions (197). With one game remaining in his career, Abbrederis' 3,110 career receiving yards rank him ninth in Big Ten history and eighth among all active FBS players. He became just the third player in school history to amass 1,000 receiving yards in a season and is the first at UW to record at least 800 yards in three different seasons. - Wisconsin football
12/05/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin, Receiver...The former walk-on pulled in seven touchdown receptions on the season, giving him 23 for his career. That ranks in a tie for second all-time at UW. He also ranks second all-time in receiving yards (3,110) and receptions (197). With one game remaining in his career, Abbrederis' 3,110 career receiving yards rank him ninth in Big Ten history and eighth among all active FBS players. - Wisconsin football
12/05/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin, Receiver...Abbrederis wrapped up the regular season ranked fifth in the Big Ten in receiving at 87.6 yards per game, with his 73 receptions ranked third and his 1,051 receiving yards fourth in the league. He is the first Wisconsin wide receiver to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors in consecutive seasons since Al Toon in 1983 and 1984. - Wisconsin football
12/04/2013 - 2013 BURLSWORTH TROPHY FINALIST (NATION'S TOP FORMER WALK-ON): Wisconsin WR Jared Abbrederis...Five years removed from walking on to the Wisconsin football team as a scout team quarterback, Jared Abbrederis is closing out a career that has seen him become one of the best wide receivers in Badgers history. That journey has not only earned Abbrederis a place in the Badgers' record books, but also a place on the list of the nation's top players that got their start as walk-ons.
A consensus first-team All-Big Ten selection last season, Abbrederis enters his final game at Camp Randall Stadium this Saturday ranked No. 2 in UW history in receptions (185), receiving yards (2,975) and touchdown receptions (23). With 916 yards already this season, Abbrederis is the first player in school history to record at least 800 receiving yards in three separate seasons. Also an accomplished returner, he ranks seventh all-time at Wisconsin in all-purpose yards with 4,655. The Wautoma, Wis., native ranks fifth in the Big Ten in receiving at 83.3 yards per game and has scored a total of nine touchdowns this season. - Wisconsin football
10/01/2013 - How does Wisconsin keep coming off with these incredible walk-ons? The latest gem is Jared Abbrederis, who dominated Ohio State's touted CB Bradley Roby, lighting up the Buckeyes D for 10 catches and 207 yards and a touchdown. "No. 4 for them, he's got my vote for All-Big Ten," Ohio State coach Urban Meyer told reporters afterward. "He did an incredible job." After Saturday, I suspect Abbrederis, a former standout wrestler and state champion hurdler, will have a lot of people's vote for All-American honors too.
One thing the Buckeyes D did a very good job of was containing the Badgers running game, especially on first downs. Wisconsin came into the game gashing people on first downs for almost eight yards a pop. In the first half, OSU limited them to just 2.3 yards per carry on first downs. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
10/01/2013 - 2014 NFL DRAFT WEEK 5 STOCK REPORT, PROSPECTS WHO HELPED THEMSELVES THIS WEEKEND: WR Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin...Wisconsin is known for its country strong offensive line and consistent run game so it's easy to forget about senior wide receiver Jared Abbrederis on the outside, especially with a streaky sophomore quarterback. But on Saturday night in the Badgers showdown against the Buckeyes in Columbus, Abbrederis had a career night with 10 catches for 207 yards and a touchdown, keeping Wisconsin within striking distance.
He runs tight, sharp routes and shows very good focus and concentration to locate, track and finish. Abbrederis has average long-speed with very little muscle definition, but he sets up his moves and understands how to deceive defensive backs. He made it tough on Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby all night, even when everyone knew where the quarterback was going with the pass. Abbrederis doesn't scream NFL prospect, but he is extremely detailed and will make a NFL team look smart for drafting him in May. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
09/13/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Jared Abbrederis should get a lot of opportunities, with the Sun Devils keying on stopping the run game. The senior ranks fourth in the school in career receiving yardage. - The Sports Xchange
08/31/2013 - Quarterback Joel Stave didn't look comfortable in the first half, but settled in nicely after halftime as No. 23 Wisconsin routed Massachusetts, 45-0. The sophomore, recently tabbed the starting quarterback, was only 4-for-11 for 36 yards with an interception in the first half, and couldn't lead the Badgers into the end zone with first-and-goal from the five-yard-line. However, he proved he didn't have any confidence issues by unleashing a 65-yard touchdown pass to Jared Abbrederis on Wisconsin's first play of the second half.
The Minutemen, without top returning running back Jordan Broadnax and their top returning receiver, tight end Rob Branchflower, because of injuries, looked overmatched playing in its second FBS season. Colter Johnson punted six times for Massachusetts, which included kicks of only 28 and five yards. The Minutemen only crossed the 50-yard-line three times.
Wisconsin averaged nearly nine yards carry. James White and Melvin Gordon rushed for a combined 287 of the Badgers' 369 rushing yards. White, Gordon, freshman Corey Clement and Stave scored rushing touchdowns. Abbrederis, an All-Big Ten receiver a year ago, didn't catch a pass until the second half. - The Sports Xchange
08/14/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: WR Jared Abbrederis has become a staple in Wisconsin's offense after coming to Madison as a walk-on. He was Wisconsin's best receiver last season, catching 49 passes for 837 yards and five touchdowns in playing in 13 of Wisconsin's 14 games. Abbrederis is a valuable player on special teams, leading the Badgers in punt returns with 111 yards on 17 returns. - The Sports Xchange
08/14/2013 - TOP WISCONSIN PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 4. WR Jared Abbrederis (6-1, 190, 4.59)...He has astute field awareness and always appears to know where he is on the field, something that he also shows on special teams as a punt returner. Overall, he won't appeal to every NFL team due to his average size, speed and overall athleticism, but Abbrederis is a balanced pass-catcher with gliding speed who has been very productive, despite having to deal with a handful of different Wisconsin quarterbacks throughout his collegiate career. He will leave the Badgers as one of the most productive receivers in school history and, just like when he was forced to walk on at Wisconsin, Abbrederis will likely be undervalued as a pro prospect. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
08/14/2013 - TOP WISCONSIN PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 4. WR Jared Abbrederis (6-1, 190, 4.59)...The team-leader in receiving yards the past two seasons, Abbrederis is a former walk-on who has been extremely productive since he arrived in Madison. After setting career-highs as a sophomore in 2011 with Russell Wilson at quarterback, his stats suffered with the spotty quarterback play last season, but he still finished third in the conference in receiving yards with 837 yards on 49 catches for five touchdowns. Abbrederis is only an average athlete with ordinary straight-line speed but has sneaky quickness to get behind the secondary. He does a nice job selling routes and is able to create separation with his footwork, most notably a stutter-and-go double move that he frequently uses to burst past cornerbacks in coverage. Abbrederis displays excellent field savvy, tracks the ball very well and makes the proper adjustments to extend and pluck with his quick, soft hands. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
07/18/2013 - 2013 BILETNIKOFF AWARD WATCH LIST: Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin, SR...On Tuesday, for the second-straight year, Abbrederis was named to the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award. That award is given to the nation's top wide receiver. Abbrederis is one of only six players on the list with at least 800 receiving yards in each of the last two seasons, joining Noel Grigsby of San Jose State, Cody Hoffman of BYU, Marqise Lee of USC, Tevin Reese of Baylor and Eric Ward of Texas Tech. Abbrederis owns 2,059 receiving yards for his career, which ranks him No. 6 in Badgers history, and his 16 career receiving touchdowns ties him for sixth all-time at UW, as well. He's the nation's top returning wide receiver in terms of average per reception, owning a career average of 16.6 yards per catch.
Abbrederis was the Badgers' leading receiver in 2012 with 49 receptions for 837 yards and five touchdowns. His 837 receiving yards ranked third among Big Ten players despite the fact that Abbrederis missed the second half of UW's game vs. Oregon State and the entire Utah State game with an injury. He became just the fourth UW player to tally 800 receiving yards in multiple seasons, joining Travis Beckum, Lee Evans and Nick Toon. He also became the first Badger since Evans in 2001 to post three consecutive 100-yard receiving games when he tallied a career-high 147 yards vs. UTEP, 142 yards at Nebraska and 117 yards vs. Illinois. - Wisconsin football
07/11/2013 - 2013 PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin, has been selected one of 44 players named to the 2013 Paul Hornung Award Watch List, given annually to "the most versatile player in major college football" by the Louisville Sports Commission.
"Versatile" is a fitting title for Abbrederis, who enters his final season at UW as one of the nation's top returning wide receivers and is a proven threat as a punt and kickoff returner. Abbrederis owns 2,059 receiving yards for his career, which ranks him No. 6 in Badgers history, and his 16 career receiving touchdowns ties him for sixth all-time at UW, as well. He's the nation's top returning wide receiver in terms of average per reception, owning a career average of 16.6 yards per catch.
In addition, he owns UW's school record for kickoff return average at 25.8 yards per return and ranks fifth all-time in punt return average at 11.2 yards per runback. His punt return average ranks No. 2 nationally among returning players with at least 40 career returns, while his 493 career punt return yards ranks No. 4 among returning FBS players. He was the Badgers' leading receiver in 2012 with 49 receptions for 837 yards and five touchdowns. His 837 receiving yards ranked third among Big Ten players despite the fact that Abbrederis missed the second half of UW's game vs. Oregon State and the entire Utah State game with an injury.
He became just the fourth UW player to tally 800 receiving yards in multiple seasons, joining Travis Beckum, Lee Evans and Nick Toon. He also became the first Badger since Evans in 2001 to post three consecutive 100-yard receiving games when he tallied a career-high 147 yards vs. UTEP, 142 yards at Nebraska and 117 yards vs. Illinois. - Wisconsin football