Not only were starting right guard Kevin Zeitler and backup right tackle Rob Havenstein out last week with ankle injuries, senior starting right tackle Josh Oglesby doesn’t participate in the second practice of two-a-days and backup right guard Dallas Lewallen (knee) left camp early.
Two of the players who helped the Badgers survive were sophomores Ryan Groy and Casey Dehn. Groy often pulled double duty, filling in at right guard for Zeitler and continuing to get work as the backup center.
Dehn filled in at whatever tackle position he was needed the most and also can play guard in a pinch.
With Zeitler and Havenstein expected back today and no more two-a-days, the worst appears to be over.
Oglesby, who has endured six knee surgeries, is making progress at seems to have gotten stronger and should be the starting right tackle.
“In my opinion, he’s playing as good a football as he’s played since he’s been here,” Badgers coach Bret Bielema said. “He’s playing with a little bit of an edge to him. “We’ve been pretty good with his workload. He has only worked on the one-a-days and he’s handled it pretty well. Now, we’re in the home stretch, all of our double days are done from this point forward. I hope it continues for him.”
It is good to see the Badgers pulling through. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
UW coach Bret Bielema said after practice on Tuesday that sophomore Manasseh Garner is scheduled to undergo hernia surgery on Wednesday and will miss the opening game. It is hoped that Garner, who was a candidate to be the third receiver, will return for the second game against Oregon State on Sept. 10.
“Up for grabs,” Bielema said of the No. 3 spot. “You’ve got (Jeff) Duckworth, you’ve got Kenzel Doe, I’m not ruling out any of the three freshmen. I haven’t seen somebody step forward that I would like to come out of the pack.”
Duckworth is a sophomore and has the most experience of the group. He made the biggest play in practice on Tuesday when he got behind the defense deep and hauled in a perfect throw from quarterback Russell Wilson.
Doe is a freshman who graduated from high school a year ago and attended a military school last fall. He enrolled early and went through spring practices. Another candidate is redshirt freshman Isaiah Williams.
But with nobody in that group standing out, Bielema singled out freshman Jordan Fredrick, a former Madison Memorial athlete. “Jordan Fredrick is not afraid of anybody,” Bielema said.
Also, redshirt freshman receiver Chase Hammond will undergo ankle surgery and will miss up to six weeks. He was replaced on the 105-player camp roster by freshman walk-on receiver Jake Stengel from Sheboygan North.
The Badgers elected not to replace Garner on the camp roster because they want him to attend practice and stay involved.
Let's hope he will make a speedy recovery. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!