After missing last week’s matchup, University of Wisconsin running back Corey Clement will start on Saturday for the Badgers’ game against the Michigan State Spartans.
Clement tweaked his left ankle against Akron in Week 2. He practiced in a limited capacity during the week leading up to last week’s game against Georgia State. However, while he initially intended to play in Week 3, he was ultimately kept out of the game.
Clement totaled 111 yards on the ground against Akron despite playing only in the first half. After the break, he was removed from the game in order to have his ankle further examined.
The senior running back has 42 carries for 197 yards with three touchdowns while he is on track for another productive season. His best year was in 2014, where he carried 147 times for 949 yards and found the endzone nine times.
That year, he also caught 14 passes for 119 yards.
He hasn’t been shy about wanting an increased workload, either. After Natrell Jamerson (leg), Wisconsin’s return specialist went out four to six weeks, Clement lobbied in the offseason for the chance to take over that job. He still wants to return kicks despite the additional risk of injury.
Wisconsin managed to survive without Clement, defeating Georgia State 23-17. The Badgers put up 187 yards on the ground, led by 65 from Dare Ogunbowale. They are now a perfect 3-0 on the season as well
Both the Badgers and Spartans enter Saturday’s contest with untainted records. The return of Clement is an added boost to the Badgers’ offense as the school looks to maintain their undefeated season.