September 16, 2008

Youth movement: UW's freshmen

MADISON, Wis. - Sixty-eight players on the UW roster have seen game action so far in 2008. Of those, 19 have been freshmen, both true and redshirt. With blowouts against Akron and Marshall, many saw time in the late stages of the game, as well as special teams.

The following is a look at who has played this season as either a true or redshirt freshman:

Patrick Butrym: Redshirt freshman defensive lineman

Butrym has played in all three games so far this season. The bulk of his duty comes on special teams, particularly field goal and extra points, but he did see action on the defensive line at various points. So far on the season, he has two tackles.

Jake Bryne: True freshman tight end

Bryne has played in all three games and is a regular on the Badger special teams squads. Against Fresno State, he lined up with the field goal and extra point units. In their 51-14 blowout of Marshall he played tight end near the end of the game.

Kevin Claxton: True freshman defensive back

After sitting out the season opener against Akron, Claxton played in the following two games. He sees most of his time on special teams and has recorded three tackles so far in 2008.

John Clay: Redshirt freshman running back

Clay is second on the Badgers in rushing yards with 139 in three games played. His three touchdowns on the season trails only P.J. Hill's four on the team at all positions.

Jake Current: True freshman offensive lineman

Against Akron, Current saw time at center near the end of the game. His first collegiate game was rocky after himself and quarterback Scott Tolzien fumbled the snap late in the contest. He played in the first two games, but did not see game action at Fresno State.

Bradie Ewing: True freshman running back

As a walk-on, Ewing has made the most of both practice and game time. Due to his hard work and bruising running style in fall camp, Ewing has seen action in all three games. Against Marshall, he scored his first career touchdown.

Antonio Fenelus: True freshman defensive back

Fenelus has played in UW's last two ball games. Most of his work comes on special teams where he has made two unassisted tackles thus far.

Mario Goins: Redshirt freshman defensive back

Goins has played in all three contests so far, and started at cornerback in the first two. On the season he has 11 tackles, eight unassisted, tying him for third on the team in tackles. Against Marshall, he tallied a career best five unassisted tackles.

Adam Hampton: Redshirt freshman defensive back

Hampton saw time on the kickoff unit late in the Badger's game against Marshall. That is the only game he has played in so far. Because of his work on the scout team leading into Marshall, he was named defensive scout of the week by head coach Bret Bielema.

Brendan Kelly: True freshman defensive lineman

Kelly played in the Badger's first two games of 2008 at the defensive end position. In those two contests he recorded four tackles.

Rob Korslin: Redshirt freshman tight end

When the Badger's made their season debut, so to did Korslin. He played on special teams against Akron.

Andrew Lukasko: Redshirt freshman defensive back

Lukasko, a former walk-on, saw time against Marshall on the kickoff unit late in the game.

Brad Nortman: True freshman punter

In his first two collegiate games, Nortman averaged just over 50 yards per punt. Against Fresno State he was only able to muster 33.8 yards per kick, although one was partially blocked which lowered his average. On the season, he has a 40.4-yard punting average and has downed half (3) of his kicks inside the opponents 20 yard-line.

Louis Nzegwu: Redshirt freshman defensive lineman

Nzegwu played in UW's first two games where he recorded two total tackles. He has also seen time on various special team units so far in 2008.

Josh Oglesby: Redshirt freshman offensive lineman

Oglesby has played in every game so far this season and plays an integral part in the Badger's jumbo offense when heading in for the score.

Devin Smith: True freshman defensive back

Smith has played in each of the Badgers last two games against Marshall and Fresno State. Most of his action is on special teams.

Nick Toon: Redshirt freshman wide receiver

Toon played in the first two games of 2008, both at the wide receiver position. He has yet to record a catch so far this season.

Philip Welch: True freshman place kicker

Welch has played, and kicked in all three games to start the season. So far, he is 4-5 on the season with field goals, his only miss coming on a blocked kick at Fresno State, with a long of 45. He is also 12-13 on PAT attempts with his lone miss also being blocked.

Kevin Zeitler: True freshman offensive lineman

Zeitler played in each of the first two Badger games on the offensive line, late in each contest.

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