While Jeff Nault caught 45 passes for 557 yards and seven touchdowns as a tight end for the Badgers from 1980-83, he's just as proud of his blocking ability.
“Basically, I was a guard in a tight end number,” said Nault, who wore No. 88 while embracing his role on the line of scrimmage.
Nault finished the 1982 season with the third most receptions on the team, catching a career-high 27 passes. But one of those 27 receptions stands out from the rest for the 55-year-old Nault.
Nault scored a 40-yard touchdown in a highly unusual way during a game against Illinois on Oct. 23, 1982, at Camp Randall.
Badgers quarterback Randy Wright bounced a pass in the backfield to receiver Al Toon, who then launched the ball to an open Nault for a touchdown.
The crowd erupted after the score, leaving Nault breathless.
“I started hyperventilating from the crowd noise,” Nault said. “It was like a wave of sound came right through me. I lost my breath completely, I couldn’t breathe.”
Unfortunately the trick play wasn't enough for Wisconsin to overcome Illinois. After the Badgers missed the extra-point attempt, the Illini drove 51 yards in five plays to set up a game-winning field goal with three seconds left.
Illinois' barefoot kicking specialist Mike Bass nailed the 46-yard attempt and the Badgers were defeated 29-28.