Not to worry, Badger nation, Corey Clement’s history is not repeating itself.
When the Wisconsin running back injured his left leg and did not return during the second half of Saturday’s 54-10 win over the Akron Zips, there were certainly panic-filled flashbacks to last season. Clement missed a majority of 2015 with a sports hernia.
The Badgers clearly did not want a re-run. With a more-than-comfortable 30-10 halftime lead, Wisconsin didn’t risk Clement returning to the field.
“With the score and all that, we were able to be a little bit overprotective maybe,” said coach Paul Chryst.
The precaution paid off. Clement assures us no season-ending damage came from the ankle roll. In fact, he wished he had been allowed to return to the field.
“I would have played if it was closer, but I saw we were up a lot, so why risk it to turn into a bigger injury,” Clement said.
Chryst and Clement agreed that this game wasn’t worth the rest of the season. Wisconsin needs a healthy Clement, especially with a schedule that will only get tougher the next few weeks – games against Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State loom.
“We’re starting to grow, but Corey has to be that guy that you can put it on his shoulders,” Chryst said. “It was good today to get some work also for Taiwan [Deal], and Bradrick [Shaw] did a nice job at the end, ran hard. But certainly Corey has to be that guy that we can get him in the 20s at least on the carries.”
Clement finished with 21 carries for 113 yards and two touchdowns, but would have liked more.
“That’s one of the biggest habits I have to break out of,” Clement said. “I want to do so much for the team, but I know that you have to live for another down.”