Toon, Gilreath Back In Action

Sitting for the past three games with turf toe, Nick Toon will start Saturday at Michigan State and is "100 percent" according to head coach Bret Bielema.

MADISON — The Wisconsin football team will have all hands on deck Saturday with Big Ten play opening up at No. 24 Michigan State.

Former injured receivers Nick Toon and David Gilreath will both play Saturday, with Toon likely getting the start. Besides Chris Borland, Bielema said all players should be available.

"Everyone was out there," Bielema said of practice.

The team's leading wide receiver last season, Toon has been limited to the one game against UNLV with four catches for 54 yards. Out with turf toe, Bielema said two weeks of solid rest appear to have cleared the condition up, which can sometimes linger for an entire season.

"I know Nick will start, Nick has looked good all week," Bielema said. "One thing he has is fresh legs, he hasn't gone through the two week grind of practice all the other guys did so we noticed a little difference with him."

"David has been great too, it depends on the personnel grouping whether David starts, but he will get in the game for sure."

After Casey Dehn started against Austin Peay at right tackle last weekend, Bielema said Ricky Wagner will get the nod Saturday. Wagner played the majority of the game against Arizona State two weeks ago, but was sidelined with a shoulder injury last week.

"Ricky will start," Bielema said. "Josh has practiced and looked very good. Casey Dehn will be back backing up the left side."

"Those were four defensive ends they were rolling through at Arizona State and no one mentioned Ricky's name, and that is a good thing. He really handled the game well."

Another Returner Heard From

The Badgers started the season with Gilreath at returner, tried James White for a bit and were set with Jared Abbrederis until he botched to catches last week.

Now it is Aaron Henry's turn to try.

According to Bielema, Henry has been petitioning for the job since he came to UW.

"We are probably going to start off with Aaron," Bielema said. "In the kick game it will still be James White back there."

"[Abbrederis] has been good all week. He hasn't had any issues, no pop-ups, so it will be at the discretion of tomorrow's staff."

Two-Way Freshman

After making his game debut against Austin Peay at wide receiver AND as a rush defensive end, true freshman Manasseh Garner upped his work load in both categories this week. Bielema said he will likely play both against the Spartans.

Since Borland went down, the Badgers have been searching for another rush end for their 3-3-5 "Badger" package.

"He has probably expanded his role a little bit on defense," Bielema said. "Even his offensive play jumped up this week because I think he is excited to be out there."

Extra Points

Preparing for the first Big Ten road game of the season, the Badgers practiced with crowd noise pumping in on the offense all week. … Possessing a true grass field at Spartan Stadium, the offensive grouping and defensive players took one practice each on the grass soccer field next to Camp Randall to get used to the field conditions this week.


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