Bielema: Notebook

Bielema has made sure his team won't suffer a letdown against Oregon State, which suffered a humbling 21-6 loss against FCS opponent Sacramento State last weekend.

MADISON — The Badgers have been preparing for two different quarterback's Saturday against Oregon State in junior Ryan Katz and redshirt freshman Sean Mannion.

But according to head coach Bret Bielema, the preparations have been largely the same.

While both quarterback have different strengths, Bielema says the offense looks the same in either's hands.

"We have to understand who is in the game but really their isn't much change in the game with who runs their offense," Bielema said.

"Both of them to me seem to be very accurate, both have good composure, both of them can run a little bit if given the opportunity. So it doesn't really change our preparation."

Bielema, most famous for his "1-0" maxim, has been working his motivational magic again with his team this week.

As the Beavers are coming off a humiliating 21-6 loss to FCS opponent Sacramento State, Bielema knows any letdown might be taken advantage of by the embarrassed Beavers.

"I was really trying to guard our edge," Bielema said.

"They have won a lot of games ball over the last ten years, and now they are going to come back and try to be the most improved team in football."

Injury Update

Redshirt sophomore A.J. Fenton will be available for the first time in a long time come Saturday.

The Pennsylvania native has been sidelined for most of his Badger career with nagging hamstring issues. After having a strong camp, Fenton was expected to compete for playing time when the hamstring injury popped up again and held him back.

He is recovered now, however, and excited to contribute.

"He will probably start on two of the four special teams and probably get some reps at linebacker," Bielema said of Fenton.

"He is probably our fastest linebacker so to get him out there would be a huge asset."

Sophomore wide receiver Manasseh Garner will be suiting up for the Beavers as well, now in game-shape after being sidelined by a hernia surgery.

However, he will be held on a pitch count per se.

"He is not going to go in there and play 60 plays," Bielema said. "[Toon] and [Abbrederis] where in there for 30 or 40 plays last week, so he will be in that same range."

Left guard Travis Frederick practiced Thursday but will still be held out Saturday with an MCL sprain. Bielema also said Marcus Trotter will be out, and Josh Harrison will be the No. 2 middle linebacker.

Scheduling Issues

After a recent Wall Street Journal article criticized the Wisconsin program for scheduling weak non-conference opponents, Bielema had little to say on the matter.

Except for one exception.

"I have said it [before], and the thing I will not do is go play somebody, a big time BCS, if they are not going to come to Madison," Bielema said. "Its no one's fault, but people don't want to come here."

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