University of Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema confirmed today that senior wide receiver Paul Hubbard, who suffered a knee injury in the Badgers' victory over UNLV Saturday, will be sidelined indefinitely.
"We were fortunate that there was no ACL tear," Bielema said during his weekly news conference. "He sprained his knee (MCL) and we're looking at anywhere from six to eight weeks recovery for him."
Hubbard last season tied for the team lead in touchdown catches (five) and finished second in catches (38) and second in yards per catch (16.5). Hubbard had just two catches for 33 yards this season but his absence from the lineup strips UW of its best deep threat.
In his absence, opponents should be able to focus more attention on wide receiver Luke Swan (12 catches, 221 yards) and tight end Travis Beckum (12 catches, 115 yards).
The leading candidates to replace Hubbard in the starting lineup are freshman Kyle Jefferson and junior Marcus Randle El. "I think it will be by committee," Bielema said. "You hope that some guys take advantage of this opportunity and don't let go of it."