September 17, 2009

Bielema hopes to get Moffitt and Nagy into game

MADISON, Wis. - Last week, junior center John Moffitt returned to practice. This week, right guard Bill Nagy joined him.

When meeting with reporters, UW head coach Bret Bielema acknowledged that he would like to get both players into Saturday's game against Wofford.

"We definitely want to get them both in the game," Bielema said. "Yesterday and today were the most extensive work days and both of them were really good going into today as far as not being sore from yesterday.

"If they feel good tomorrow...I probably won't start them, but they definitely will get reps."

With Travis Frederick recovering from a sprained right ankle, Peter Konz sits atop the depth chart at center. Then at right guard, Kevin Zeitler, who has started each of the first two games, will start at his respective position.

But dictating by the flow of the game, both Moffitt and Nagy will see their first game action of 2009.

"I talked with Bob Bostad today and based off what we know they know mentally, I'm not really concerned about that," Bielema said. "What I'm worried about is the speed of the game and how we put them in.

"With John, you're dealing with the center-quarterback exchange and we haven't had any problems yet. So I really don't want to go down that path unless we feel very comfortable."

Injury report:

Frederick is back in practice, but his status for Saturday's game remains to be questionable.

"Travis actually went today, but didn't go as much as those guys," Bielema said. "He might be a guy, if we don't play him Saturday, then he should be good to go next week."

-Fullback Bradie Ewing, who suffered a concussion in last week's game against Fresno State, is back in practice and expected to play on Saturday.

"Bradie didn't practice Tuesday, but practiced everything else," Bielema said.

Montee Ball update:

Through two games, freshman running back Montee Ball has yet to receive any carries. Now, entering week three, he has fallen under the weather and did not practice today.

So, the question arose Thursday evening whether Bielema had considered using the redshirt option on the young back.

"He's a guy that's been right there," Bielema said. "Because of the flow of the game we didn't get him in in those first two. Now you're getting at a critical point because with those freshmen, there's a point where it's too late to play them.

"There's guys that are in different positions as far as they know if we need them to play, they're going to be hopping in there."

Because Ball missed Thursday's practice, Bielema is unsure whether he will even be healthy enough to play on Saturday. His status remains questionable.

The following is the audio file from Thursday night:
BIelema, 9/17/09

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