Toon Wants the Ball, Bielema OK with that

Wisconsin wide receiver Nick Toon called to have more plays thrown his way after the Badgers lost to Michigan State last Saturday. Toon had one reception in the game, but dropped two targeted passes.

MADISON — Coming off the pass game's worst performance of the season at Michigan State last Saturday, wide receiver Nick Toon made some pointed comments about he wanted to see the ball more.

Far from stirring up a controversy, however, Toon's comments were greeted by offensive coordinator Paul Chryst with agreement Tuesday.

Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema agreed with both Toon and Chryst Thursday — it is perfectly reasonable for Toon to demand the ball.

"After [those comments came out] he said, I think people would be disappointed if I didn't want the ball," Bielema said. "I think that is the difference I see in Nick Toon versus what I saw in the past, is he is a confident player who wants to have success."

Toon missed three games this season recovering from turf toe. He was held to one catch at Michigan State, but dropped two others.

Injury Updates

Tight end Brian Wozniak returned to full contact this week in practice after missing the start of the season with a shoulder injury.

"Woz is back, he is back and has no restrictions," Bielema said . "I don't know if he will be in the [tight end] rotation … he is two-deep on three of the four phases [of special teams]."

According to Bielema, everyone else will be ready to go against Minnesota.

"As far as an injury standpoint I really don't have anything significant," Bielema said. "Coming out of last week's ball game, a couple guys get banged up but I don't think anyone should miss any time."

Henry Still on Punt Return

Despite David Gilreath back in action after a concussion, the Badgers will still send Aaron Henry back to return punts come Saturday.

Henry fielded one punt against MSU for 13 yards.

"It will be Aaron Henry," Bielema said. "David Gilreath has been back there on punt returns and kick returns, but that will be something we handle game day to see if her get's in."

Extra Points

According to Bielema, freshman wide receiver/pass rusher Manasseh Garner will see action versus Minnesota on offense, and could see time as a rush end on passing downs. "He is No. 2 in our [Badger] package and also offensively I know they are going to get him involved in the game plan," Bielema said. … Right tackle Josh Oglesby suffered a "little setback" on recovering from a knee injuy during Tuesday's practice. Oglesby practiced every day, but Ricky Wagner will receive the start. … According to Bielema, quarterback Curt Phillips is not yet to ready to appear in the game, but has been practicing each day, while recovering from a torn ACL.


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