MADISON - After watching practice from the sidelines Tuesday, junior running back Corey Clement appears headed towards missing his second straight game.
“I’d love to have him, but my hope is that he’s 100 percent fully ready for Hawaii (Sept.26),” said running back John Settle following practice. “I’ve talked to him. I don’t want Corey Clement at 60 percent, 75 percent or 80 percent. I want him to be 100 percent. He keeps pushing things and thinks he’ll be ready to go by this weekend, so we’ll evaluate him as the week goes, but my mindset is he’s not 100 percent, I don’t want him to play.”
Clement, who has rushed for 1,496 yards and 16 touchdowns his first two seasons, tweaked his left groin on the Tuesday prior to the season opener. He started the game but was held to only 16 yards on eight carries in the 35-17 loss to No.3 Alabama in Arlington, Texas, barely being utilized in the second half.
During his weekly Monday press conference, head coach Paul Chryst said Clement got “some good work done” on Saturday in addition to his treatment but wouldn’t return until he was at 100 percent physically.
“When he's ready to practice full, all-out, then we'll gauge him for the game,” said Chryst. “No one can just not practice and go play. But as soon as any player is ready to go, we're going to play him.”
Despite the injury, Clement was listed number one on the depth chart for Wisconsin's upcoming game against Troy (2:30 p.m., Big Ten Network).
“Corey specifically, but all of our players, playing games and contributing to this team means a ton to them," Chryst said. “They don't do everything in the off-season if they don't love playing the game.
“So I think when a guy is ready to go, we're going to play him. Has nothing to do with saving him for another moment. So we're we'll just kind of see how he's going.”
If Clement doesn’t play, junior Dare Ogunbowale, who rushed for 112 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown Saturday, would make his second straight start.