MADISON | Wisconsin will be without a key member of their secondary and special teams for quite some time.
Coach Paul Chryst said Monday that cornerback Natrell Jamerson will miss 4-to-6 weeks with a leg injured suffered in Saturday’s win over Akron.
“I feel bad for (Natrell),” Chryst said. “Yesterday, (in) talking to him, he’s got the right approach (to coming back).”
Jamerson will not be easy to replace. He’s a member of four different units on special teams, including being the Badgers’ main kick returner, as well as the guy that comes in when Wisconsin goes to five defensive backs.
“He’s a four-phase special teamer, so you’ve got four different guys that’ll probably get an opportunity,” Chryst said. “And then in the nickel package, we’ll see how this week goes.”
At kick returner, it’s possible that running back Corey Clement could get a shot. The senior left the game on Saturday with an ankle injury, but Chryst believes he’ll be able to practice this week. And when asked if Clement would be a viable option to return kicks, Chryst said, “absolutely.”
As for Jamerson’s spot on defense, that remains to be seen. Wisconsin liked true freshman Caesar Williams during fall camp and he was listed as a backup, but has yet to play. Redshirt freshman Titus Booker and junior Lubern Figaro are also options.
No. 9 Wisconsin (2-0) closes out the non-conference portion of their schedule this Saturday against Georgia State (0-2) at 11 a.m. at Camp Randall Stadium.