September 9, 2010
Taylor to start Saturday against SJSU
MADISON - Mike Taylor's wait is over.
After sitting out the second half of the 2009 season and spring camp while recovering from a torn ACL, the sophomore linebacker is set to start this Saturday against San Jose State.
"He practiced all this week," Bielema said. "So he'll start in the game with Blake Sorensen and Culmer St. Jean.
Chris Borland, who suffered a minor shoulder injury last week against UNLV will be a game time decision Saturday morning.
Therefore, Taylor will get the start with Sorensen and St. Jean. Should Borland be cleared, that might be a different situation.
"If Chris was playing I don't know if we would start him," Bielema said. "He started doing some stuff and I thought he might have a chance last week. He was moving around pretty well last Wednesday. Thursday, he was a little bit sore so he didn't do much. He came back on Tuesday and then Wednesday you're holding your breath to see how he'd react.
"He practiced better than he did on Tuesday. He felt pretty good coming off and will hopefully move forward."
As one of the more dynamic linebackers on the roster, Taylor will add another extremely talented skill set and above average tackling for a linebacker group that played exceptionally well last week at UNLV.
"Mike is a big play guy," Bielema said. "He's a guy that has the ability and athleticism. He's similar to Chris in the way he makes plays that others can't. When Mike went out last year he was our leading tackler and one of the best tacklers in the Big Ten.
"He's a very active guy."
Quick depth chart notes notes:
-Curt Phillips will not play this week against the Spartans.
-Bill Nagy will get the start over Kevin Zeitler, but Zeitler will see plenty of game action.
-Josh Oglesby will get the start over Ricky Wagner.
During his Monday presser, Bielema said the staff would wait until Borland's shoulder test set for Tuesday to see if there was anything more seriously wrong than they originally thought.
It looks as though the Badgers may have dodged that bullet.
"It was negative," Bielema said. "What we feared was that there was going to be some significant issue in there. There wasn't. Basically he feels a lot better today and they feel that after day five there will be a big jump."
At this time, Borland is listed as a game time decision.
At the conclusion of Thursday's practice, members of the UW Homecoming Committee welcomed freshmen into Camp Randall to teach them the cheers and nuances of Badger game day leading into the home opener.
Coach Bielema talked with the freshmen and Jon Budmayr was the quarterback during a contest where he had to throw to a selected freshman from the crowd.
Bielema said there was a method behind that.
"He's going to throw a pass to a student," Bielema said. "They wanted to know if I wanted Scott Tolzien or Budmayr to do it. So this will be Budmayr's first completion at Camp Randall in front of a crowd.
"That's honestly why I did it."
The staff is hoping to get Budmayr some actual reps come Saturday.
Near the end of fall camp Bielema noted that freshmen James White could be in line for returning kicks. However inconsistencies fielding the ball hampered his progress.
While Bielema remains optimistic that the freshmen can handle the pressure, he still hasn't seen enough to have full faith in White in that realm.
"Last week we actually went into the game and though if the situation presented itself (we would)," Bielema said. "In pre-game I saw him drop two kids. I was actually thinking the exact same thing today and he put one on the ground during practice.
"He's really got great ball security and that hasn't been an issue all through fall camp."
The following is the audio file from Thursday's presser:
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