Badger Bits: Toon out for spring practice

Spring football is here. It might seem crazy, what with all the basketball shenanigans going on, but its here. Let's talk a little football, shall we? 

Wisconsin wide receiver Nick Toon will miss all of spring ball this year, after suffering a stress fracture in his left foot, according to Tom Mulhern of Madison.com. Toon had surgery on the injury, and told Mulhern he fully expects to be ready for fall camp. 

"I'll have more than enough time to heal," Toon said. "I'm not worried about it at all. I'll be at 110 percent coming into fall camp and have a lot of time to rest and get healthy and let my entire body heal during these five weeks of spring ball, then come ready to work for summer conditioning and stay injury-free next season."

Toon's injury leaves Wisconsin even more short-handed at wideout during the spring. Kyle Jefferson, Isaac Anderson, and David Gilreath are gone, and Jared Abbrederis is the only healthy wideout with significant playing experience. 

More Badger Bits after the jump!

Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.com has his initial write up of Wisconsin's spring practice.

Tom Mulhern has another piece about how presumptive starting quarterback Jon Budmayr is transitioning to his new role.

Spring football is everywhere! The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has their spring football outlook, including a bunch of unanswered questions about next year's team. Meanwhile, Madison.com breaks down the 2011-12 Badgers position by position.

UWBadgers.com has an interview with Jon Budmayr about the first practice of the year.

Ed Valentine from SB Nation's NY Giants site, Big Blue View, projects J.J. Watt to go 18th overall to the San Diego Chargers

Moving on from football, Ted Glover of Off Tackle Empire thinks the B1G is making a good move by adding men's hockey.

Finally, the Capital Times has 16 reasons why the Badgers are in the Sweet 16. Don't forget- we'll have all your pre, mid, and post-game coverage here at B5Q!

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