Coming off of a bye week, the No. 13 Wisconsin Badgers (2-0) appear healthier and more confident heading into their contest on Saturday with the No. 11 Michigan Wolverines (2-0) at Camp Randall Stadium.
On the newly updated injury report, Wisconsin confirmed the season ending injuries to Scott Nelson and Zander Neuville that were announced last week.
In addition to their injuries, Bryson Williams and Luke Benzschawel will also be out for Saturday as well.
Without Bryson Williams at nose tackle, true freshman Keeanu Benton will be play an important role in stifling the Michigan ground attack. So far this year, he has done a solid job in place of Williams, but the injury is no doubt a blow to the defensive line unit.
PC on Keeanu Benton: Been impressed with the way he’s handled everything. Like his approach and experiences are valuable.— Jake Kocorowski (@JakeKoco) September 16, 2019
Benzschawel has yet to play a game this year after injuring his leg in fall camp. In his place Jack Eschenbach is listed as the second tight end. Wisconsin has also been creative in using offensive lineman as jumbo blocking tight ends during his absence, namely Cormac Sampson and David Moorman.
It will be interesting to see if freshman Clay Cundiff sees more time at tight end this weekend after two weeks of practice. He saw his first action on a couple plays late against Central Michigan.
Along the offensive line, David Moorman was forced into action at right tackle in place of Logan Bruss against Central Michigan. After the bye week, Bruss is now listed atop the depth chart at the spot he earned in fall camp. While he is listed as questionable for Michigan, it has to be a positive sign that he is back on the depth chart after being off of it prior to Central Michigan.
Similarly, Izayah Green-May also missed the Central Michigan game. Entering the week, he is both listed as questionable for Saturday and as the starter. After a very strong fall camp, Green-May won the outside linebacker job opposite Zack Baun and recorded a sack in the opening game against South Florida. Poised for a potential breakout season, his return would be a nice lift to the front seven.
Bucky’s 5th Quarter will keep you up to date on any developments on the injury front in anticipation of the game against Michigan Saturday.