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Status of Badgers’ top running back uncertain

  • Wisconsin's Corey Clement before an NCAA college football game against Troy

Wisconsin is unsure if its top running back, Corey Clement, will be able to play against the University of Hawaii Saturday, Badgers’ head coach Paul Chryst said Monday.

“He’s making progress. We’ll see how this week goes with him,” Chryst said at a press conference.

The 5-foot, 11-inch, 219-pound junior backed up Heisman Trophy finalist Melvin Gordon last year and was to be the Badgers’ featured back this season until suffering a groin injury just before the season opener. Clement saw limited action against Alabama and has not played in the last two games.

Clement has run for 1,496 yards and 16 touchdowns at Wisconsin, where he has averaged 7 yards a carry.

The Badgers (2-1) are a 25-point favorite over UH (2-1) on the Las Vegas betting line.

Chryst praised Kapolei High graduate Micah Kapoi, a 6-foot, 3-inch, 330-pound freshman right guard who got his first start for the Badgers’ in the 28-3 victory over Troy. “I thought Micah did some really good things,” Chryst said. “I though it was fun to see him play. He really turned it loose at times.”

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