Rafael Gaglianone

Rafael Gaglianone

The Wisconsin Badgers will be without kicker Rafael Gaglianone in their Big Ten opener at Michigan State on Saturday.  Gaglianone is battling back problems, but has hit seven of his first eight field goal attempts.

Gaglianone was held out of spring practice because of back issues.

UW’s Andrew Endicott, UW’s kickoff specialist for the last three seasons, will handle the kicking chores in Gaglianone’s place on Saturday.  He hasn’t attempted a field goal or extra-point since his high school days.

Elsewhere, tailbacks Corey Clement (ankle) and Taiwan Deal (leg), as well as left guard Micah Kapoi (foot) are all listed as questionable.  Tailback Bradrick Shaw will miss the game on Saturday with injury.

If Kapoi can’t go, redshirt sophomore Brett Connor would get the start.

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