Notes: No Moore - Wide Receiver Suspended

Wisconsin Bret Bielema had a sit-down meeting with junior Maurice Moore after the Champs Sports Bowl and told the junior he was given his first warning. After Moore's citation Sunday, it appears the wide receiver has played his last game at Wisconsin.

MADISON - After he suspended Maurice Moore for last season's bowl game, Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema told the fourth-year junior that everyday was going to be monitored from that point forward.

After Sunday morning's incident, Moore took another misstep, which has put his future with the Wisconsin football program in jeopardy.

Moore was arrested early Sunday morning for allegedly operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and has been indefinitely suspended by Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema, which he announced Monday at his news conference.

"He's indefinitely suspended, he won't be with us," Bielema said. "We'll give him all the support we can academically and anything else that he needs to make sure he can have success."

Moore, 22, was involved in a single-vehicle accident in the 1300 block of Regent Street, near Randall Avenue, and taken to the hospital with minor injuries, according to the report by the Madison Police Department.

According to Bielema, Moore suffered remains in a local hospital under observation and should be released later Monday.

Moore, a fourth-year junior from Fort Worth, Texas, has three catches for 45 yards in nine games this season and has been a regular part of the receiver rotation and also has returned punts and kickoffs at times.

Moore could possibly graduate at the end of the summer, and Bielema hinted that he might have an option further down the road with one year of eligibility left.

The incident was all the more frustrating for Bielema, who has already had to deal with problems steaming from accidents. In July, junior lineman Bill Nagy suffered strained ligaments in the heel of his right foot and injured his right wrist when the moped he was driving was hit by a car that had run a red light.

"After Billy's unfortunate situation, I have talked to the guys repeatedly about being safe on their scooters," Bielema said. "When it's you against a concrete sidewalk, car, you're not going to win that battle."

Former UW lineman Joe Monty was riding his moped without one in April 2006 when he slammed into the back of a sport-utility vehicle that had stopped abruptly at a traffic light, suffering facial fractures and cuts that required 100 stitches after flying through the back window. Monty was cited for DUI.

Former UW linebacker Jonathan Casillas was cited for driving a moped under the influence last August. According to the police report, Casillas had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.15 - almost two times more than the legal limit of 0.08 for Wisconsin drivers.

There's also the incident when Bielema noticed two of his players, Jason Chapman and Allen Langford, driving recklessly as they passed in front of him as he was pulling out of a gas station a few years back, causing the head coach to follow the players and give them a stern look at a red light.

The University of Wisconsin is a unique environment, seeing as studies show the university has more mopeds than any other in the country, despite an annual average snowfall of 44 inches.

Senior Legacy

Before Saturday's 11 a.m. kickoff against Michigan, Wisconsin will honor 22 members of the football team, including 18 seniors players.

"In coaching, it's a cliché but it does mean a lot, traditions never graduate, only seniors do," Bielema said. "A lot of these guys have their work done academically and will be on pace to graduate not only this December, but a majority of them after the conclusion of the spring semester. For them, one of the team goals was to reestablish Wisconsin football. They've had a lot of pride in that."

It will be unusual for some of UW's seniors, especially the fifth-year seniors, who are the last to play for two different head coaches – Bielema and current athletic director Barry Alvarez. While the most notable players in that group are Garrett Graham, O'Brien Schofield and Dustin Sherer, defensive lineman Dan Cascone has been an under-the-radar contributor.

"He didn't put forth the effort with what I needed to come here and be a football player," Bielema said. "To his credit, he changed his body, changed his attitude and he hasn't played as much on the field, but he's been great in the classroom, been a great chemistry guy, and some times those guys don't pan out on the field as much as you would like."

"He's been good for us. He's probably one of my favorite guys to jazz around with and have fun with. He's great chemistry and he's going to get a lot out of this university."

From the Infirmary

After missing the second half of Wisconsin's win over Indiana Saturday, sophomore running back John Clay should be ready to practice Tuesday in preparation for Saturday's game.

"I don't know if it was a for sure concussion, be was definitely a little bit out of it in the first half, and he also was sick to his stomach," Bielema said. "Everyone said he was good to go and as we were walking out, he wasn't in t a good situation to go out there. If we had to, he probably could have played the second half if he wanted to."

Starting right tackle Josh Oglesby, who was already dealing with a sore right knee, injured his left knee in the second quarter against Indiana and replaced by junior Jake Bscherer.

Oglesby is getting further tests done Monday afternoon, but Bielema expects Oglesby to play Saturday.

"He assured he was going to play, so unless something pops up on those tests, (he play)," Bielema said.

Young Honorees

On offense, Nick Toon and Montee Ball were recognized by Wisconsin as co-MVPs.

Toon caught five passes for 123 yards, including a vital third down catch to seal the victory, while Ball registered career highs in catches (27), yards (115) and touchdowns (2).

"Nick Toon probably played his most complete game since becoming a Badger and really did some good things for us, especially the big play at the end of the game that solidified that last drive," Bielema said. "Montee Ball, for his performance, being able to step in there and do what he did."

Defensively, Chris Borland registered a career-high nine tackles, one interceptions and one tackle for loss, earning him the UW honor.

"(He) continues to make impressive strides each week as a football player," Bielema said. "He played his most complete game as a linebacker."

Bielema also awarded the special teams award to Philip Welch, giving the Badgers two sophomores and two true freshmen as their award winners.

"It's interesting to see these guys come along and play good football down the stretch," Bielema said.

Extra Points: Wisconsin's Big Ten finale next weekend at Northwestern will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. on the Big Ten Network. The Badgers lead the all-time series with the Wildcats, 55-32-5, and own a 28-17-1 mark in games played in Evanston, but have lost the last two … Wisconsin has played the 14th-toughest schedule in the country and the toughest in the Big Ten … Five of UW's seven wins this year have been by eight points or less.

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