The No. 21 Wisconsin Badgers have leaned on running backs Dare Ogunbowale and Taiwan Deal for the first three games of the season with junior Corey Clement limited and sidelined with a left groin injury suffered before the Alabama game. The duo have combined for 341 yards through three games in Clement's absence, and may still be relied upon for the bulk of the carries Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium against Hawaii.
It appears Clement, the stud running back who came within 51 yards of a 1,000 last season behind current San Diego Chargers running back Melvin Gordon, practiced in half pads and participated in individual work according to BadgerNation.com's Ben Worgull and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Jeff Potrykus. His availability for the game is still uncertain and to be determined, as was stated by Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst yesterday.
Hawaii's defense is 93rd nationally against the run, giving up over 188 yards per game. The offensive line, which appears to include redshirt freshman right guard -- and Hawaiian native -- Micah Kapoi on the first team, took another step forward with 199 yards rushing against Troy.
Corey Clement (left groin) practiced in half pads today. Status for Hawaii still TBD— Benjamin Worgull (@TheBadgerNation) September 22, 2015
#Badgers TB Clement did individual work. Still not ready but RB coach Settle said he'd love to get him a few reps Sat.— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) September 22, 2015
RB coach John Settle hoping to get Corey Clement (groin) reps this week but trainers have "promised" him the RB will be ready for Iowa.— Zach Heilprin (@ZachHeilprin) September 22, 2015
Fumagalli status up in air, Caleb Kinlaw position change
While redshirt senior tight end Austin Traylor has become a prime target in the Badgers' passing game with six receptions for 98 yards and two touchdowns in three games, redshirt sophomore Troy Fumagalli has fought some injuries. Per Potrykus and ESPN Wisconsin's Zach Heilprin, it appears a thumb injury kept the talented tight end out of practice Tuesday - with his status up in the air against the Warriors.
#Badgers OC Joe Rudolph not sure if TE Fumagalli (thumb) will play this week. Did not practice Tuesday.— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) September 22, 2015
TE Troy Fumagalli (thumb) didn't practice today. Unclear if he'll be able to play this week.— Zach Heilprin (@ZachHeilprin) September 22, 2015
There have been position changes since the start of camp for the Badgers, most recently with former inside linebacker, Alec Ingold moving to running back. Now, it appears redshirt freshman Caleb Kinlaw's switching from the offensive backfield to the defensive backfield, according to 247Sports' Evan Flood and The Daily Cardinal/BadgerBlitz.com's Jack Baer.
Just got confirmation that Caleb Kinlaw is moving to defense #Badgers— Jack Baer (@JFordBaer) September 22, 2015
Caleb Kinlaw to CB is done. He's played some CB in the past. Ran a 4.37 over the summer, tied Serge Trezy for fastest among RB's. #Badgers— Evan Flood (@Evan_Flood) September 22, 2015
More news, notes
#Badgers OL Walker Williams (ankle) practiced today.— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) September 22, 2015
#Badgers really impressed with true FR Alec Ingold at RB. Settle said they could use him this year. Thinks he could be a Bradie Ewing-type.— Zach Heilprin (@ZachHeilprin) September 22, 2015
Ingold is currently penciled in as a backup tailback, but Settle says fullback is the long-term plan. #Badgers— Jack Baer (@JFordBaer) September 22, 2015
Look for a change in the #Badgers starting lineup on Saturday against Hawaii...— Evan Flood (@Evan_Flood) September 22, 2015