Bielema says Oglesby's starting job at risk

Although Josh Oglesby has appeared in 23 games at UW and is still of junior eligibility, the Badgers starting right tackle must compete for his job this week with sophomore Ricky Wagner. Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema did not mince words Monday, saying he needed to see improvement or there "would be changes."

MADISON — Much like the Wisconsin running attack that bulldozed UNLV to the tune of 278 yards Saturday night, Badgers coach Bret Bielema was blunt and to the point Monday afternoon:

Starting right tackle Josh Oglesby must play better.

Or the word starting will be removed from his title.

Going into UW's second game of the season against San Jose State this Saturday, the Wisconsin depth chart currently reads "Josh Oglesby/Ricky Wagner" for No. 1 at right tackle. It is not a misprint. It was not a typo.

It certainly was a message.

"You know we had really been excited about the growth Ricky has had and the growth forward," Bielema said. "And Josh, again, has made nice strides but you know he had the procedure penalty and some other things that popped up. Those were some loose ends that should have been cleaned up a year ago and it is just something we are not going to tolerate and if he continues to do those things there will be changes."

"It is going to be interesting to see how that baby pans out this week."

A redshirt sophomore and former walk-on, Wagner was awarded a scholarship at the end of fall camp this year as a testament to his improved play. A basketball player in high school, Wagner possesses the quickness to excel in pass protection, an area Oglesby has struggled with at times. And though Oglesby has a size advantage at 6-foot-7 and 335 lbs., Wagner is no shrimp at a listed 6-foot-6 and 322 lbs.

"He has gone from 262 to 326 I believe," Bielema said of Wagner's weight gain from enrolling to this season. "And he has still got all of those athleticisms that got him those basketball scholarship opportunities. He is a real quiet kid, goes about his business in his own way. "

Learning Outside the Classroom

The Badgers 41-21 victory gave Bielema a little bit of everything he wanted. It was a comfortable, no-doubt victory. He was able to test his depth at most positions.

And the game came with the best kind of adversity: A three score margin of victory with plenty to learn from.

Starting quarterback Scott Tolzien threw the third pick-six of his career. Nick Toon lost a fumble inside the Rebels five-yard line. The offense had to settle for two field goals in the red zone.

Bielema won't have much trouble putting together a DVD of items to correct this week.

"The things that our guys went through are all significant enough to take away from the performance on the field but all are easily corrected," Bielema said. "I really like the attitude the kids had after the game, that they knew they hadn't played the cleanest game ever."

Offensive Line "U"

After becoming the first true freshman in Wisconsin football history to start the season among the top five offensive lineman last year, center/guard Travis Frederick may redshirt this year for non-injury related reasons. The Badgers simply have so much depth, Bielema would like to preserve Frederick's eligibility for an extra year if he can afford it.

"He is kind of in the same boat as Zach Brown," Bielema said. "If there is a guy we can protect … if there is a way we can get Travis through this year we will."

According to Bielema, if current center Peter Konz were to go down with injury, left guard John Moffitt would slide over to center and a combination of Bill Nagy and Kevin Zeitler would man the guard spots. Fullback/guard Ryan Groy (a fantastic slash on the depth chart) would be the No. 3 guard in that scenario, with junior Jake Current as the No. 3 center.

Extra Points

Sophomore linebacker Chris Borland felt pain in his surgically repaired right shoulder Saturday, and is questionable to practice this week. Bielema said he would undergo an examination Tuesday. ""We'll wait and see how much we get out of him," Bielema said. "Probably there will be no contact for sure." Bielema added sophomore linebacker Mike Taylor would probably practice this week. … Bielema announced Monday the team's MVPs for the game were: Offense-Konz, Defense-Borland and Blake Sorensen, Special Teams-David Gilbert and Kyle Zuleger, Scout Team- Offensive lineman Kyle Costigan and defensive lineman Cameron Ontko. … Along with the position battle at right tackle, right guard remains undecided. Nagy and Zeitler will compete for the start this week with the decision to be made Saturday.

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