MADISON, WI (LEARFIELD-WSAU) Wisconsin outside linebacker Brendan Kelly practiced yesterday, after he injured a hamstring last weekend against Purdue. Kelly says he expects to play on Saturday night, when the 23rd-ranked Badgers face Number-four Ohio State in Columbus.
Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda says he won't start Kelly -- but he'll probably be a part of several pass-rushing packages. Aranda said Kelly is recovering better than corner Peniel Jean -- who might get some playing time after he hurt a leg last Saturday. Jean is expected to travel with the team to Columbus.
There was no word on the playing possibilities of four other injured Badgers -- tight end Jacob Pedersen, receivers Jeff Duckworth and Kenzel Doe, and center Dallas Lewallen.
Meanwhile, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says he expects Braxton Miller to start at quarterback for the Buckeyes. Miller has been out with a sprained knee ligament.
His replacement, Kenny Guiton is coming off three solid games which netted him back-to-back Big Ten player-of-the-week honors. Badgers' coach Gary Andersen has said his team will be ready to face either quarterback. A high school safety from New England is the latest to commit to Wisconsin for next fall. Lubern Figaro of Everett Massachusetts gave a verbal commitment yesterday to the Badgers, and he announced it later on Twitter.
He'll reunite with Badgers' freshman corner Jakarrie Washington. The two were teammates a year ago at Everett High School. Figaro chose Wisconsin over Syracuse, Vanderbilt, and Michigan State. He's the 15th known player to join the Badgers' 2014 recruiting class.