UW coach Bret Bielema said after practice on Tuesday that sophomore Manasseh Garner is scheduled to undergo hernia surgery on Wednesday and will miss the opening game. It is hoped that Garner, who was a candidate to be the third receiver, will return for the second game against Oregon State on Sept. 10.
“Up for grabs,” Bielema said of the No. 3 spot. “You’ve got (Jeff) Duckworth, you’ve got Kenzel Doe, I’m not ruling out any of the three freshmen. I haven’t seen somebody step forward that I would like to come out of the pack.”
Duckworth is a sophomore and has the most experience of the group. He made the biggest play in practice on Tuesday when he got behind the defense deep and hauled in a perfect throw from quarterback Russell Wilson.
Doe is a freshman who graduated from high school a year ago and attended a military school last fall. He enrolled early and went through spring practices. Another candidate is redshirt freshman Isaiah Williams.
But with nobody in that group standing out, Bielema singled out freshman Jordan Fredrick, a former Madison Memorial athlete. “Jordan Fredrick is not afraid of anybody,” Bielema said.
Also, redshirt freshman receiver Chase Hammond will undergo ankle surgery and will miss up to six weeks. He was replaced on the 105-player camp roster by freshman walk-on receiver Jake Stengel from Sheboygan North.
The Badgers elected not to replace Garner on the camp roster because they want him to attend practice and stay involved.
Let's hope he will make a speedy recovery. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!