The four freshmen on the University of Wisconsin football team who are expected to play in the Sept. 1 season opener against UNLV are running back Melvin Gordon, linebacker Derek Landisch, cornerback Darius Hillary and one of the wide receivers, either Kenzel Doe or Jordan Fredrick.

Gordon appeared to be close to passing Jeff Lewis at No. 3 in the rotation, even before Lewis injured his left hand in practice Monday.

Landisch and Hillary will both be involved in special teams.

Doe is listed as the backup at one of the receiver spots, behind sophomore Jared Abbrederis.

Sophomore Jeff Duckworth appeared to have the inside track to being the third receiver, but Badgers coach Bret Bielema said it's still up for grabs. The other contenders are Doe and redshirt freshmen Isaiah Williams and walk-on Connor Cummins.

"All of those guys are in a little basket of availability," Bielema said. "I'm waiting for one of them to shoot to the top."

Bielema hasn't ruled out playing Fredrick, a former Madison Memorial athlete.

"I think he's capable of doing it if he continues to play big and continues to do good things," Bielema said. "He's kind of two, three good (practices), then a step back."

A handful of other freshmen, such as tight end Sam Arneson, will practice with the two-deep instead of the scout team and also travel. If injuries happen, they would be available to step in.

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