MADISON - The top two running back spots are pretty much set for the University of Wisconsin but the third-string position is still up for grabs. True freshman tailback Bradrick Shaw would love to fill that void.
Behind juniors Corey Clement and Dare Ogunbowale, Shaw is in the mix along with redshirt freshman Taiwan Deal and junior Serge Trezy. After the coaching staff saw Shaw thinking instead of doing the first week of camp, the Hoover, Ala., native has started to flash in practice, even getting some increased reps with Deal and Trezy missing time with injuries.
“I think he does (have some potential),” said offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph. “Some young guys (with) the volume of learning, it takes them a second to realize I better learn it; it’s not like I’m going to get the ball handed to me. The protections are challenging when the defense presents the challenges that they do. Rather than losing someone to the details, it’s fun to get him out here and let him go. He’s knows the tracks now and he can compete. He’s a big strong dude who can run, which is good.”
Before the start of camp, Shaw talks to BadgerNation about competing at tailback, opening the season against home state Alabama and more.