Now, it looks like the Badgers will have to wait until the middle or end of the Big Ten season to get their lead runner back.
The program announced Thursday that junior Corey Clement will undergo surgery to fix a sports hernia.
“Corey has been dealing with some issues since before the Alabama game”, head coach Paul Chryst said in a release. “They feel good when their friend, their teammate is making progress, so we’ll see how the week goes”. “So after consultation with our medical staff, Corey has chose to have surgery for the sports hernia”.
Clement, who was expected to take the baton from Melvin Gordon and turn in the next stellar season by a Badgers running back, carried the ball just eight times for 16 yards in the season-opener against Alabama and has sat out the team’s last two games. He could be a factor late in the season, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be back on the field until Wisconsin’s game at Illinois at the earliest.
Junior Dare Ogunbowale and freshman Taiwan Deal are expected to handle the running back duties while Clement is out with the injury. The Badgers were hopeful he would return to the field by next week when the team opens Big Ten Conference play against Iowa. LINE: Wisconsin -24.5ABOUT HAWAII (2-1): Senior quarterback Max Wittek bounced back from a rough performance versus Ohio State (7-for-24, 67 yards, two interceptions) by throwing a pair of touchdown passes in last week’s 47-27 victory over UC Davis.
The 6-foot, 228-pound Orr tallied 14 tackles in his first extended time last Saturday at inside linebacker opposite redshirt freshman T.J.
The pain never got better every morning when he would wake up, Clement said, and he couldn’t kick it into his “fourth gear” and open up his strides. Opponents are averaging 3.4 yards per rush.