Badger Bits: Budmayr's health in question

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Jon Budmayr is dealing with an injury that could potentially sideline him from game action this fall. Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that Budmayr recently saw a nerve specialist regarding swelling in his right elbow. The injury will keep him out until at least early next week, at which point he will be reevaluated. Budmayr currently cannot physically throw a football, an obvious hindrance to his ability to be a quarterback.

Budmayr's injury has all but handed the starting quarterback job to Russell Wilson, whose transfer could prove to be season-saving should Budmayr remain sidelined for a long period. The injury has also led to increased practice reps for backup quarterbacks Joe Brennan and Joel Stave. Brennan is preparing for a chance to be the Badgers' backup quarterback. Meanwhile, the Wisconsin coaching staff faces the decision of whether or not to redshirt Stave. Budmayr's health could be the deciding factor on Stave's status this season.

The tradition of a Division I FCS patsy traveling to Madison and receiving a loss has been lined up for next season. Last year it was Austin Peay and this year it's South Dakota. So who's the lucky victim in 2012?

Northern Iowa. They also play Iowa that season so we better win by a higher deficit in lieu of actually getting to play the Hawkeyes next year.

The other recent injury news isn't very comforting. Tom Mulhern reports that linebacker Mike Taylor was held out of his third straight practice with minor soreness in his right knee. The same article notes that fellow linebacker Conor O'Neill was limping noticeably and defensive tackle Jordan Kohout is dealing with a hamstring injury.

ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg interviews Chris Borland. Gotta love Chris's mentality: if you can't get motivated by the game itself, you're doing it wrong.

Philip Welch is feeling the most pressure he's ever felt as a Badger. Will be interesting to see if he can retain the starting kicking duties this season.

Patrick Butrym almost didn't get a scholarship at Wisconsin, but a larger brother who accompanied him on a visit to Madison tipped the scales in his favor.

Barry Alvarez lost $1 million in a Ponzi scheme by the same guy who has the Miami football program in hot water. I think Alvarez is in a better financial position to lose $1 million then most of us, fortunately.

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