The Wisconsin Badgers will be without junior kicker Rafael Gaglianone for their Big Ten conference opener against Michigan State on Saturday. He did not travel with the team to East Lansing as he is dealing with a back injury that will sideline him for at least one game.
The Brazilian has been the team’s kicker since his freshman season and is seven-for-eight on field goal attempts so far in 2016. He has also converted all 10 of his extra point attempts. In Wisconsin’s Week 1 upset victory over LSU, Gaglianone went three-for-three on field goals, including a kick in the final minutes of the game that won it for the Badgers.
As a freshman, Gaglianone went 19-for-22 on kicks and was named to the Freshman All-Big Ten team for his season. He also received an honorable mention for the All-Big Ten team.
For his career, the 5-foot-11, 240-pound kicker is 44-for-57 on field goal attempts and 109-for-111 on extra points.
In his absence, the Badgers will go with senior kickoff specialist Andrew Endicott. He has not attempted a single field goal during his collegiate career and attempted only two field goals as a high school senior. During his high school senior year, he was 33-for-35 on PATs.
The Badgers may also be without star running back Corey Clement against Michigan State. Clement is listed as questionable with an ankle injury after not playing in Week Three. Michigan State will represent the toughest team the Badgers have faced since LSU, so they’ll be hoping their running back will be healthy.