Bielema: Oglesby might be ready for Saturday

Hosting his weekly press conference Monday, Bret Bielema announced that initial tests on right tackle Josh Oglesby suggest his knee injury may not be serious, and pending an MRI exam, Oglesby could be ready as soon as Saturday.

MADISON — Bret Bielema announced Josh Oglesby will undergo an MRI on his left knee later Monday, but Wisconsin's head coach said all indications are the injury isn't serious and that Oglesby could play Saturday against South Dakota.

The Badgers' starting right tackle suffered the injury in the third quarter of Wisconsin's 49-7 win over Northern Illinois Saturday and was relieved by redshirt freshman Rob Havenstein.

Oglesby has already undergone six knee surgeries.

"Josh was really upbeat after (Saturday's) game," Bielema said. "From what doctors could tell from their manual test, everything seemed to be in tact. A very good chance that he'll play this week. If not, for sure next week."

Havenstein worked with the first unit in practice Sunday and competed for the starting right tackle spot with Oglesby in fall camp until Havenstein suffered an ankle injury.

More from the infirmary

Bielema said sophomore defensive lineman Pat Muldoon is recovering "faster than expected" from the right elbow injury he suffered in Wisconsin's 35-0 victory over Oregon State Sept. 10 and could play Saturday.

Freshman linebacker Marcus Trotter (hamstring) should be back in practice Tuesday at "full-go," according to Bielema.

Bielema said Badgers freshman defensive back Devin Gaulden, who is recovering from surgery for a stress fracture in his right leg, practiced last week and will be competing with freshman Darius Hillary for playing time at cornerback.

Freshman defensive end Konrad Zagzebski, who had shoulder surgery during the offseason, "probably will return this week," according to Bielema.

Bielema also noted freshman tight end Sherard Cadogan (ankle) got lots of reps in practice last week.

TV channel announced for UW-Nebraska game

The Big Ten announced Monday that Wisconsin's game against Nebraska Oct. 1 at Camp Randall Stadium will be televised on ABC.

The game had already been announced as a 7 p.m. start and will be the Cornhuskers' first conference game as a member of the Big Ten.

The Big Ten Network will air the Badgers' final non-conference game Saturday. Wisconsin hosts South Dakota at 2:30 p.m. at Camp Randall Stadium.

Ewing drawing NFL interest

Bielema said Monday that NFL scouts have been impressed with senior fullback Bradie Ewing.

Ewing has five catches for 92 yards this season, but he has also made an impact blocking and on special teams.

"From the line of scrimmage, what we ask him to do as a blocking fullback is good, but what he's been able to do with the passing game, I think, is very, very enticing to NFL people," Bielema said.

Wisconsin connections at South Dakota

Once again, Wisconsin will see a familiar face on its opponent's sidelines.

South Dakota co-defensive coordinator Jack Sprague is a former defensive lineman for the Badgers and served as a defensive graduate assistant under Bielema in 2006 and '07.

Sprague has spent the last three seasons as a defensive line coach for the Coyotes and is in his first year as co-defensive coordinator.

Four South Dakota players attended high school in Wisconsin. They are senior defensive back Jim Thompson (Hayward), junior punter Cole Zwiefelhofer (Chippewa Falls), senior defensive lineman Jesse Weisbrod (Waupaca) and sophomore defensive lineman Taylor Moore (Milwaukee).

Bielema announces team MVPs from Saturday

Bielema named five players in his weekly awards Monday.

Sophomore wide receiver Jared Abbrederis and senior wide receiver Nick Toon were the co-offensive MVPs from Saturday's victory over Northern Illinois.

Abbrederis had six catches for 83 yards, while Toon pulled in five catches for 75 yards and two touchdowns.

Junior linebacker Mike Taylor and junior safety Shelton Johnson were named co-defensive MVPs.

Ewing was the team's player of the week on special teams.

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