Will Stanley's redshirt be taken off?

Booker Stanley gave Badger Nation the answer to that question after practice Tuesday evening.

Freshman tailback Booker Stanley had a meeting with Offensive Coordinator Brian White, and Stanley indicated he would prefer if his redshirt is not taken off this year.

"We're not going to burn my redshirt," Stanley said after Tuesday's practice. "(White) actually mentioned it, that he wasn't going to burn my redshirt year unless I want to. I said, `No, I'm going to hold off until next year."

Fullback Matt Bernstein has been taking snaps at tailback this week and will play there if needed. Coach Barry Alvarez mentioned yesterday Stanley was an option, but the Badger coaching staff decided to leave the decision up to him.

"At first I though, well, if my team needs to me to play, then I'll go out there and play. But then it kind of dawned on me, that it's only two or three games," Stanley said.

Stanley said he hopes to get in the tailback picture next year, after making steady progress in practice.

"I've been working on my speed, and I feel going against our starting defense gives me more confidence," Stanley said. "Going against a Big Ten defense every day has helped me play better…I'm also working on picking up blitzes, running the right routes. I caught the ball some senior year (of high school) but not that much. My freshman year I caught a lot of balls because we had a quarterback that threw a lot, but it's basically picking up blitzes and blocking."

Stanley said he's confident that Bernstein can be efficient at tailback if called upon.

"I think he can contribute a lot," Stanley said. "He's a tough guy. If they need him, he can do well."


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