Monday, April 7, 2008

Badger Football Injuries Could Become A Problem

Last season, injuries plagued the UW football team, injuries that the Badgers were unable to overcome. This spring, the injury plane has once again landed in Madison, except this time, the Badger coaching staff has decided to take a glass-half-full approach to the unfortunate situation.
“The only positive I can see with the injuries right now is we’re developing depth,” linebackers coach Randall McCray said. “Backups are becoming players right now where they’re being counted on at a position that they didn’t think they’d be in four months ago.”
The Badger secondary may currently suffer the most after cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu declared for the NFL Draft after his junior season and both corners Aaron Henry and Allen Langford tore their ACLs at the end of last season.
“We wish (Jack) would have stayed another year,” defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks said. “It probably would have helped him out, but it gives us an opportunity to play some young guys that are going to play for us eventually anyway.”
One of those young guys has been Mario Goins, a redshirt freshman from Copperas Cove, Texas. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out come fall.
Last night I was checking out the 2008 Badger Football Schedule and a game that sparked my immediate interest is the Wisconsin vs Ohio State match up on October 4th at Camp Randall. I sure hope I can be there.