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Wisconsin football: John Settle expects Corey Clement to play in Holiday Bowl

Clement's position coach expects the star back to be back for the Holiday Bowl against USC.

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Junior running back Corey Clement is expected to play Wednesday. At least, according to his position coach.

Wisconsin running backs coach John Settle told the Wisconsin State Journal's (and former B5Q writer) Jason Galloway on Saturday that he expects Clement, who's only played in three games this season due to a sports hernia injury, to see time on the field at Qualcomm Stadium against USC during the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 30.

How many snaps or carries the standout running back will receive during the game is still in question, but Settle seems confident Clement will make an impact if his name is called.

"He's getting a lot of reps, so I certainly expect him to play," Settle said. "I'd say it's a better than 75 percent chance that he's going to play. And I believe if he plays he's going to play well."

Settle said he won't know until game day how the carries will be split up between the Badgers' running backs.

Clement told reporters last Wednesday that he was around 85 percent, but also that a lot of players during this time of the year aren't 100 percent and "suck it up."

Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst, when asked about Clement's status on Saturday, did not confirm if his star back will play.

"I think we've got a chance for him to play, which is good," Chryst said.

Clement has played in only three of the 12 games this season, rushing for 155 yards. In his media session with reporters last Wednesday, he also apologized for his actions related to the Nov. 8 incident where he was cited twice for disorderly conduct.

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