At the moment, the Wisconsin Badgers are preparing for their Big Ten Conference opener at Michigan State with questions concerning their running game.
Fifth-year senior Dare Ogunbowale is the only healthy tailback at the moment.
Corey Clement and backup Taiwan Deal were both limited in practice on Tuesday and redshirt freshman Bradrick Shaw, who suffered a leg injury against Georgia State, didn’t work at all in practice on Tuesday.
There’s still time left before Saturday’s game, so there’s still a chance to get one or more of those running backs back in the fold.
Starter Corey Clement could be the most likely to return. He took last Saturday’s game off, which gave his sore ankle more time to recover.
Sophomore Alec Ingold moved from linebacker to running back last season, is also a possibility. He’s been playing fullback, but could see some time at tailback if the Badgers need him there. Ingold finished with 139 yards and six touchdowns on 49 carries last season.
Hornibrook prepares to start
While coach Paul Chryst said Monday that he’ll use the week to determine who will play quarterback, redshirt freshman Alex Hornibrook told reporters that he has been told he’ll start the Big Ten opener against Michigan State on Saturday.
Hornibrook competed with Bart Houston for the job all offseason and throughout training camp before the job was given to Houston.
Hornibrook said he was disappointed not to win the job coming out of training camp, but he kept working and looks forward to facing the Spartans on Saturday.