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Badgers football: Freshman WR Jazz Peavy hopes to be ready for preseason camp

2013-07-22T14:00:00Z Badgers football: Freshman WR Jazz Peavy hopes to be ready for preseason campTOM MULHERN | Wisconsin State Journal | tmulhern@madison.com | 608-252-6169 madison.com

OSHKOSH -- University of Wisconsin incoming freshman wide receiver Jazz Peavy doesn't expect to be sidelined long with the right hamstring injury he suffered last week during a practice with the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star South team for big schools.

The Badgers open preseason camp on Aug. 5 and Peavy, who described the pull as "minor," is hopeful he will be ready to go.

"That's the plan," he said on Saturday, after watching the South beat the North 47-17 at UW Oshkosh's Titan Stadium.

Peavy, from Kenosha Tremper, suffered the injury while racing two teammates near the end of practice on Tuesday night. South quarterback Connor Senger — who was the standout in the game with four touchdown passes — won the race.

"Very frustrated, yeah," Peavy said of the way he was injured. "That's not what I planned."

Peavy, who is known for his speed, lamented the fact he lost the race. He claimed he would have won, had he not pulled up near the end, although Senger appeared to have the edge when Peavy slowed.

"It was just a little friendly competition," Peavy said. "They were talking me up. We end up racing. I would have won it weren't for this (injury). It just makes it worse, the fact I lost."

Given the Badgers' need at the position, the two incoming wide receivers — Peavy and Robert Wheelwright — were given a chance to get on the field early, depending on how quickly they picked up the offense.

Since hamstring injuries can linger, it's likely the training staff will be cautious with Peavy. Any missed practice time could hinder his chance of playing early, although he seems more concerned about grasping the offense.

"There's always a chance, it just depends if I can learn these plays," Peavy said of playing this season. "That's the biggest thing for me right now."

Peavy was understandably a bit concerned about how the UW coaching staff would react to how he was injured.

"All of the coaches and staff, they told me, 'Just get better, don't worry about it,' " Peavy said. "I think the players were more upset than anything."

UW coach Gary Andersen has instituted a "Big Brother" program for the incoming freshmen and junior-college transfers, who are paired with a veteran player at their position.

"If a young guy has an issue, if he's late for a class, or he can't find his way to the right spot, his big brother has got to -- and it's not an option -- be able to take care of him and be able to get him to the right spot," Andersen told UWBadgers.com.

"That little brother has to feel like he can call the big brother."

Peavy has been paired with senior Jared Abbrederis, one of the top wide receivers in the Big Ten Conference this season — and possibly the nation.

Watching Abbrederis run routes this summer has been an eye-opening experience for Peavy.

When asked what has impressed him most about Abbrederis' skills as a wide receiver, Peavy said, "His quickness and ability to get open. It's very nice."

"He's been helping me a lot," Peavy added. "If there's anything I need to know, he'll let me know right away. Or if he needs to show me something after practice, he will. He's always there."

Peavy's all-star experience last week wasn't what he expected it to be, but he said it was still worthwhile. Peavy raised $1,100 for Children's Hospital.

"Yeah, I was disappointed, but there was more to this game than just me playing," Peavy said. "I raised my money, it was a good thing. It all worked out in the end. I made a lot of new friends, so it's good."

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