Badgers football notebook: Tight end Troy Fumagalli questionable for Wisconsin’s game at Nebraska
The University of Wisconsin football team listed tight end Troy Fumagalli as questionable for Saturday night’s game at Nebraska on its preliminary injury report Monday.
Fumagalli was a surprise scratch from last week’s 33-24 victory over Northwestern when the Badgers announced his absence from the lineup two hours before kickoff with a left leg injury. Tight end Zander Neuville said after the game that Fumagalli first suffered the injury during the bye week.
UW coach Paul Chryst said Saturday that he thought Fumagalli had a good chance to play against the Wildcats before the Badgers ultimately held him out, but the senior remains questionable for the team’s trip to Lincoln this weekend.
“Troy, I think we’ll see,” Chryst said Monday. “He feels better certainly today than he did a week ago at this time. So it’ll be as the week progresses. … We’ll just see each day.”
Running back Taiwan Deal injured his right leg during fall camp and was upgraded to questionable Monday for the first time all season. Deal did suit up Saturday against Northwestern but ultimately didn’t play.
Even when he does return, the emergence of true freshman Jonathan Taylor will make it difficult for Deal to see any reps at running back.
“It’s too early to tell on Taiwan for sure,” Chryst said. “Taiwain just started doing some individual (work), so we’ll see what he can handle.”
Kickoff specialists P.J. Rosowski, who has missed the past three games with a right leg injury, remains questionable for Saturday’s game at Nebraska. Replacement Zach Hintze recorded touchbacks on all six of his kickoffs against Northwestern.
Defensive end Chikwe Obasih (left leg) and wide receiver George Rushing (left leg) remain out and are not expected to play against the Cornhuskers.
DBs earn recognition
Badgers safety Natrell Jamerson earned the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Week Award for his performance against Northwestern on Saturday.
The senior intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown to give UW a 31-10 lead in the fourth quarter, and recorded six tackles, one pass breakup and half a sack.
He also downed a punt on the 2-yard line with just more than a minute remaining and the Badgers up 7 points. Junior safety D’Cota Dixon tackled Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson in the end zone for a safety two plays later.
Jamerson moved to safety from cornerback this offseason.
“Natrell’s a guy that will do anything for this team,” Chryst said. “You see it from the way he approaches special teams to bouncing around playing corner, playing nickel, when he was a receiver before he moved to corner. … Natrell wants to be as good as he can be.”
Dixon also earned an honor Monday after he recorded a team-high 12 tackles and 1.5 sacks against the Wildcats. He was named the Rose Bowl Big Ten Player of the Week.
Purdue kickoff time set
UW’s game against Purdue at Camp Randall Stadium on Oct. 14 will kick off at 2:30 p.m. and be televised by the Big Ten Network.
The Badgers have won 11 straight games against the Boilermakers, including last season’s 49-20 victory in West Lafayette. Purdue’s last victory over UW came in 2003.