Badger Bits: Lewis or Gordon for No. 3 spot?

Ok, I think it's safe to say I'm officially nervous. Two days of Badger Bits, two featured players injured. I'm making sure all of my bases are covered, so let's talk about a position battle a little lower on the depth chart, ok? I cannot be held responsible for any injuries to these players.

In case you didn't know, Wisconsin is ridiculously loaded at running back. Not only to the Badgers return two running backs with more than 990 yards each in 2010, but there's still more talent buried beneath the dynamic duo of Montee Ball and James White. Redshirt freshman Jeff Lewis and true freshman Melvin Gordon are both competing for playing time this year, after John Clay left for the NFL and Zach Brown transferred to Pittsburgh. Tom Mulhern writes that Lewis' game is coming into focus during camp, which could help set off the loss of Clay and Brown. Gordon could also have an impact this year. Coaches have suggested he has the talent to play right away in college.

While its certainly nice to have so many options at running back, eventually the Badgers will have to make a decision. After Ball and White, there just won't be enough snaps for the both of them. Who would you rather see behind Ball and White in the Badgers' running back rotation? The more experienced Lewis? Or the higher upside Gordon? 

If you haven't already, go and look at B5Q's training camp injury report. We're updating it frequently, so bookmark it and check which Badgers are hurting.

What a long, strange road it's been for senior offensive lineman Josh Oglesby. The guy's gone through six knee surgeries, is still recovering from the last one, and is in danger of losing his starting spot. Oglesby needs to get healthy fast if he wants to have a good senior season. 

The Badgers got some good news yesterday in that Jon Budmayr's arm injury isn't as serious as they feared

Bama Hawkeye at Off Tackle Empire says Wisconsin was one of three Big Ten teams to make money against the spread recently. The other two teams? Ohio State (shocker) and Iowa. All of this is assuming gambling is legal, of course. 

Adam Rittenberg of interviewed Wisconsin senior defensive tackle Patrick Butrym. Check out the video!

Finally, Check out the latest edition of Varsity from! 


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