It sounded like a whole bunch of coach-speak when Chris Beatty remarked two weeks ago that his comfort level with Wisconsin's wide receiver group was high. Of course, one might think, Beatty would say that. What else is the coach in charge of the Badgers' wide receivers supposed to say?

But Beatty had an inkling this unit could be something special -- something much greater than what the outside expectations pegged for a group that lost Jared Abbrederis, one of the best receivers in school history. And so, he stood by his remarks.

"I say that because I see these guys every day," Beatty said on Aug. 1, three days before fall camp began. "Most people see them three hours on Saturday. So they don't see every day. Last year, we had a cannon, so we shot our cannon. And every day, we game-planned for that cannon to get the ball. Now we've got a bunch of guns, and we'll game plan to shoot those guns."

Through nine days of fall practice, it certainly appears as though Wisconsin's wide receiver group is armed more heavily than most initially thought.

For starters, the influx of freshmen wide receivers Krenwick Sanders, Natrell Jamerson and George Rushing has brought a different dynamic to the team. It should say something that the three were among the first to earn their helmet stripes Monday as newcomers during fall camp.

Beatty has said Jamerson is the fastest player among the wideouts, while Rushing has been perhaps the most consistent at catching passes, which included a 21-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Tanner McEvoy during Sunday's open scrimmage. Sanders, too, has had his moments on the field early in the fall.