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Wisconsin WR Quintez Cephus begins fall camp following tragic loss of father

The sophomore receiver was highlighted in two features from local writers.

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Sophomore wide receiver Quintez Cephus participated in the Wisconsin Badgers’ media day on Friday, the first time he was made available to reporters since the tragic death of his father, 39-year old Andre Taylor, in early April.

Both the Wisconsin State Journal and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel spoke with the Macon, Ga. native on Friday afternoon.

Jason Galloway’s article on Saturday revealed that Cephus will wear a sticker on his helmet bearing his father’s initials. Position coach and offensive pass game coordinator Ted Gilmore noted his second-year receiver had “that smile” back, a positive sign for Cephus.

It’s a welcomed sign to see Cephus back with the team and performing during fall camp, as he hauled in a reception during skelly drills on Saturday.

Cephus is still working through his loss, and understandably so. Jeff Potrykus detailed the moments and emotions during and after the young student-athlete received word of his father being shot via phone call, along with the support he received from head coach Paul Chryst, Gilmore, and senior cornerback Derrick Tindal, who lost his mother in 2014.


  • Did you miss our recap from Saturday’s practice? Check it out here, as well as our photo montage from day one of fall camp: