UW’s Konz wants to play

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Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
— Wisconsin center Peter Konz, sidelined the last two games because of a dislocated left ankle suffered Nov. 12 at Minnesota, is determined to play Saturday, when UW faces Michigan State in the Big Ten title game.

However, Konz was still wearing a walking boot Saturday, and both offensive coordinator Paul Chryst and offensive line coach Bob Bostad sounded skeptical when asked whether the redshirt junior will be able to play in Indianapolis.

“I think you have to see it in practice,” Chryst said. “Is it legitimate practice? Then you can make a more informed decision.

“There is no question he wants to go. But he’s going to have to practice.”

Sophomore Ryan Groy started at center against Illinois on Nov. 19. However, when he suffered botched snaps on consecutive plays in the third quarter, Bostad moved left guard Travis Frederick to center and switched Groy to left guard.

Frederick started at center and Groy at left guard Saturday against Penn State, and UW’s line played well in the Badgers’ 45-7 victory.

Led by tailback Montee Ball (25 carries, 156 yards and four TDs), the Badgers averaged 5.4 yards per carry and rushed for 264 yards.

“I thought we played our most physical game of the year,” Bostad said.

Asked about the possible return of Konz, Bostad was less emphatic.

“I really think with an injury like that he is going to have to reach that point in time where he says: ‘I’m ready.’ A guy that is still in a boot? I don’t know,” Bostad said.

You’d like for him to be out of the boot and walking around and coming off of that segment of recovery.”

Last updated: 2:17 pm Thursday, December 20, 2012

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