UW football: Clay still questionable; Konz probably a backup at best this week

2010-11-15T13:02:00Z 2010-12-17T14:28:08Z UW football: Clay still questionable; Konz probably a backup at best this weekTom Mulhern | tmulhern@madison.com | 608-252-6169 madison.com

University of Wisconsin junior tailback John Clay remains questionable this week with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee, while sophomore center Peter Konz is expected to miss a second straight start with an injury to his right ankle.

"Clay is still yet to be determined," UW coach Bret Bielema said at his Monday press conference. "I haven't seen him today but yesterday, he was moving as good as he has (since getting hurt against Purdue). I don't know if we'll have him for Tuesday, but we do expect him to get a limited amount of work this week."

The Badgers rushed for 338 yards, their second-highest total of the season, without Clay against Indiana on Saturday.

When Clay does return, the Badgers will have the luxury of working three talented tailbacks into the rotation. Clay leads the team with 929 rushing yards and a 5.4 average. Freshman James White is at 714 yards and 6.8 and sophomore Montee Ball is at 513 and 5.6.

Bielema acknoweldged it's tough to incorporate three tailbacks into any single game plan.

"I don't know if we'll have that three-headed thing this week because I think John won't be at full strength," Bielmea said. "When that situation does pop up, whether it's in the next game (Northwestern) or in the bowl game opportunity, it's something you've got to be smart about when and how you use them.

"I think it's hard to get three guys in rhythm, all the way through, but you could definitely go a strong two and a third one comes in (as needed)."

As for Konz, even if he does make big strides this week, he would probably go into the game at Michigan on Saturday as a backup, given how well the line played with Nagy last week.

"Pete felt a lot better," Bielema said. "We really didn't use him at all last week, just let him rest. If he can go, right now it would probably be more (as) a reserve, still kind of go forward with the plan with Billy at center, unless Pete really comes on."

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