When the University of Wisconsin football team closed practice to the media beginning Aug. 12, true freshman Jonathan Taylor appeared a certainty to redshirt in his first year with the Badgers.

Four players — Bradrick Shaw, Chris James, Taiwan Deal and Rachid Ibrahim — were thought to be ahead of him in the running back pecking order at that point. There didn’t seem to be any room to squeeze in reps for Taylor, nor was there a need for UW to do so with so much depth at the position.

What happened in the two weeks since led Taylor to be named a co-starter with Shaw and James when the Badgers released their first depth chart Sunday.

“Some of the stuff was just crazy that he was doing,” UW starting quarterback Alex Hornibrook said of Taylor’s recent practice performances. "There was I think three different instances where we were scrimmaging offense against defense, and I had to ask somebody if we were playing live or it was thud because he wasn’t getting tackled and he wasn’t going to the ground. Every time it was live, he just wouldn’t go to the ground."