UW football: Konz 'very optimistic' he'll play in Rose Bowl

2011-12-21T04:45:00Z 2011-12-21T06:01:49Z UW football: Konz 'very optimistic' he'll play in Rose BowlTOM MULHERN | Wisconsin State Journal | tmulhern@madison.com | 608-252-6169 | Twitter: @TomMulhernWSJ madison.com

Peter Konz hasn't given up hope that he will be ready to face Oregon in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 2.

The All-American center for the University of Wisconsin missed the past three games after dislocating his left ankle, but he said after practice on Tuesday night he continues to make progress.

"I'm actually pushing a lot more weight than I have," he said. "Today was a big day for me, as far as pushing weight. I didn't do a lot of practice as far as scout reps, just because we don't want to hurt it more. That's a lot of stress we put on the ankle.

"I did go against the sled, got a high tempo. I'm doing three (45-pound) plates on each side (of the blocking sled). You do the math. I'm pushing a lot of weight."

Konz and one of the team's trainers are flying out Wednesday night to see an ankle specialist, Dr. Robert Anderson, in Charlotte, N.C.

"Just making sure I'm doing everything I can," Konz said. "He's probably going to have some different ideas. I want to make sure I'm not hurting it more than I need to, that we're being smart with it.

"We're just going to ask a lot of questions — how I can get back faster, what the plan of action should be from here and how do I prevent this? That's a big question. ... He should have some pretty good methods for someone like me who has ankle problems."

It's a quick trip for Konz, who leaves after taking a final exam. His appointment is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Thursday and he will fly home right afterward. The Badgers don't practice on Thursday so he won't miss anything.

Konz is hopeful he will be able to take part in full practices after the team flies out Monday to Pasadena, Calif.

"I'm very optimistic, especially where I'm at right now," he said of playing in the game. "If I hadn't been on the field this week, I would be questioning myself pretty good. But because every day we're doing a little bit more, that just gives me hope."

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