Beckum to return Saturday for Badgers

September, 2, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Wisconsin will regain the services of All-American tight end Travis Beckum when it faces Marshall on Saturday, coach Bret Bielema said Tuesday on the Big Ten coaches' teleconference. Beckum missed most of the preseason and the season opener against Akron with a strained right hamstring.

The 6-foot-4, 235-pound senior returned to practice this week.

"Travis will play," Bielema said. "He's set to go on Saturday."

The Badgers were wise to take no chances with Beckum, the league's top returning leader in receiving yards from last season (982), in the Akron game. But with a huge test looming next week against Fresno State, they needed to get him in a game. Beckum should have no trouble readjusting to game speed, but it's more important for new starting quarterback Allan Evridge to establish a rhythm with the star.

Wisconsin also hopes to get standout linebacker Jonathan Casillas on the field against Marshall. Casillas missed the Akron game with a knee injury. Bielema hopes to get the senior involved in practice this week, with a possibility of playing against the Thundering Herd.

Starting fullback Chris Pressley (thumb) will play Saturday, while cornerback Aaron Henry remains out with a knee injury.

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