Friday, September 17, 2010
Wisconsin down two receivers vs. ASU
Jared Abbrederis was the talk of spring football at Wisconsin, drawing comparisons to another star walk-on receiver for the Badgers, Luke Swan.
We'll see Saturday if Abbrederis can duplicate Swan's production on the game field.
Abbrederis is one of several players who likely will get increased work Saturday afternoon. Wisconsin will face Arizona State (ABC, 3:30 p.m. ET) without two starting receivers, Nick Toon and David Gilreath. Toon will miss his second consecutive game with turf toe, while Gilreath sits out following a concussion he suffered on a scary collision last week against San Jose State.
Fortunately, Gilreath appears to be OK after a short trip to the hospital, and both he and Toon should be back soon.
But against the Sun Devils, Wisconsin will turn to starter Isaac Anderson as well as Abbrederis, Kyle Jefferson, Jeff Duckworth and possibly true freshman Manasseh Garner, who could make his collegiate debut Saturday.
Abbrederis likely will handle punt returns in place of Gilreath, while freshman running back James White moves into the primary kickoff return role.
The injuries at receiver place a greater burden on tight end Lance Kendricks, who had three receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown last week.
Wisconsin's offensive line also will be down a starter as right tackle Josh Oglesby deals with a knee injury. Oglesby could play Saturday, but Ricky Wagner will get the start at right tackle.