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Badger Bits: Nzegwu tries to fill shoes of Schofield

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Happy September everyone! Here are your Badger Bits for Wednesday, September 1st!

As the first game of the season draws near there are still a few starting spots that are up for grabs on the Badger football team. Both cornerback spots remain open, but one of the most interesting battles is at the defensive end position left vacant by the departure of O'Brien Schofield. Louis Nzegwu is looking to fill the rather large proverbial shoes left behind by Schofield, according to Erin Murphy of the Telegraph Herald.

Nzegwu will have to beat out fellow defensive end David Gilbert to get the job, but his extra experience with the team seems to give him the inside track towards obtaining the starting spot. Nzegwu came to Wisconsin as a three-star prospect, but has been hampered by injuries during previous years. Despite playing in just 10 games an not starting in any of them, Nzegwu was able to rack up 3.5 sacks for 24 yards. With Schofield gone, however, it appears as though Nzegwu will get a chance show that he can turn his raw talent into success at the college level.

"He's just an athletic freak, man," said sophomore defensive end David Gilbert, at 6-4 and 240 pounds a pretty impressive physical specimen himself. "He can jump a mile, he's really fast. He makes me look slow."

"He's taking steps in the right direction and improving fundamentally every day. That's what I'm looking for as we go through camp," Partridge said at media day. "Consistent footwork, consistent with his hands, taking care of his job first and then making the play ... A combination of those things will help him lead to success.

With J.J. Watt the only remaining starter on the defensive line from last year, the time is now for Nzegwu to step up and be a stabilizing force in the defense.

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More Badger Bits after the jump!

With the season opener only days away, UWBadgers.com has published their preview article, entitled 'Know the Foe' about the UNLV Running Rebels. The offense has also been looking ahead to the upcoming game.

Quarterback Scott Tolzien may be a neat freak, but he's a great Wisconsin quarterback according to Colin Fly of the Associated Press.

Guard Kevin Zeitler has sustained injuries during fall camp, but is hoping to be ready to go if and when head coach Bret Bielema needs him. Zeitler and fellow offensive lineman Bill Nagy are locked in a battle for the final starting spot on the offensive line, as both players have been slowed by injuries.

Walk-on redshirt freshman Ethan Hermer has worked himself into becoming the No. 3 defensive tackle after he spent a year on the scout team learning the Wisconsin system, according to Jeff Potrykus of the Journal-Sentinel.

Wisconsin commit Sam Arneson is listed as a tight end during his recruitment, but has been playing quarterback for his high school football team.

Just 3 more days till kickoff!