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John Clay may miss Michigan game as well

Posted on: November 16, 2010 12:00 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Over the weekend, Wisconsin had to host Indiana without the services of its top running back John Clay, and the effects of his absence were painfully obvious to anyone who watched the game.  Without Clay rumbling through the Indiana defense, the Badgers were stopped short of 100 points and only able to manage a paltry 83.

So, obviously, if the Badgers are going to hang 100 on Michigan this weekend in Ann Arbor, it'd be nice if they could get Clay back.  Though according to head coach Bret Bielema, the odds of Clay being ready to go on Saturday don't seem too good.

“I don’t know if we’ll have that three-headed thing this week because John I think won’t be at full strength. But when that situation does pop up, whether it’s the next game or in the bowl game opportunity, it’s something you’ve got to be smart about when and how you use them,” Bielema told the Detroit Free Press. “I think it’s hard to get three guys in rhythm all the way through, but you can definitely go a strong two and the third one comes in when he’s needed.”

Clay sprained his right knee in Wisconsin's win over Purdue on November 6th.

If he can't go this weekend, the Badgers will once again have to rely on Montee Ball and James White.   Those two only combined for 311 yards and five touchdowns against Indiana, so who knows how well they'll perform against Michigan's vaunted run defense?

Since: Sep 2, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2010 7:04 pm

John Clay may miss Michigan game as well

I love this makes me laugh every time....if Clay doesn't start, we have no chance of breaking 100 this week. =[

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2010 6:05 pm

John Clay may miss Michigan game as well

Seriously, you're a Badger fan?  You clearly didn't watch this game. Badgers were playing 3rd/4th stringers most of the second half.  Indiana quit, and you don't hear anything from them about running up the score.  Maybe you missed the play where James White could have run out of bounds to stop the clock, but instead went out of his way to stay inbounds to keep the clock running.

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2010 5:16 pm

John Clay may miss Michigan game as well


Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2010 5:06 pm

John Clay may miss Michigan game as well

I agree they didn't try to run up the score and it appears they haven't been accused of it. The only way they could have stopped the scoring was to send 1/2 of our team over to Indiana and replace their players. Then it would have been a scrimmage.

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2010 5:06 pm

John Clay may miss Michigan game as well

Im a Badger fan through and through, but I believe it could have been handled much more merciless.  They passed 2 drives before scoring their 80, when they were up by 45 or 55 pts.  Getting your back ups playing time can be used in the cupcake games you play during beginning of season.  Im a big believer in Karma, and I believe this will come back to haunt them, even as early as this weekend.

Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2010 3:59 pm

John Clay may miss Michigan game as well

Michigan will be ready to play, no doubt about that.  Some people are saying that Wisconsin tried to run-up the score, but the truth is they did everything they could do to hold it down, short of pulling their team off of the field or having their players lay down.  It was just one of those days.  Even when they just tried to run the ball, they'd blow out a 60 yard run, or so.  They had their third string QB in there, their third string RBs --and ALL of their subs?  What do you do? 

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