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Badgers searching for backup running back

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Corey Clement has been waiting two years for his day in the spotlight. With the departure of Melvin Gordon to the NFL, that day has arrived for Clement. Now, the Badgers must find a reliable backup option or two to complement the junior.

The only other running back on the roster with game experience is Dare Ogunbowale. The junior shifted from defensive back to running back last season. He made the transition smoothly with 193 yards and a touchdown on just 34 carries last season.

"I definitely feel myself growing as a running back."

Ogunbowale impressed in his limited action. In the spring, he was often running with the second unit. However, Ogunbowale is approaching the fall as if he's in competition to be the primary ball carrier.

"The way we talk about it, the way Coach Settle talks about it, everyone's competing for the number one spot. So, that's how we head into practice. Me and Corey will compete just like Corey and Taiwan will compete. We're definitely looking forward to it."

Ogunbowale's primary competitor right now to be the top backup is Taiwan Deal. The redshirt freshman is 6'1", 220 lbs. He's not as elusive as Ogunbowale or Clement. However, he brings a unique physicality.

"Maybe a bruiser. I got speed too, good footwork. So, I'm excited to see what camp brings and what the season brings me. Coming off of injury, being able to practice through spring and do good. It's a huge opportunity to come out here in camp and show what we can do."

The coaching staff is hoping one or two more candidates will emerge in fall camp. Redshirt freshman Caleb Kinlaw, junior college transfer Serge Trezy and true freshman Bradrick Shaw are all unknowns. The coaching staff is hoping the next great Badgers running back will emerge from the handful of untested candidates.

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