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MADISON - After becoming the first UW true freshman to open with back-to-back 100-yard rushing games, Corey Clement picked up another first in his young career.
The Big Ten announced Monday that Clement was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week after rushing 13 times for a career-high 149 yards and two touchdowns in the Badgers’ 48-0 win over Tennessee Tech on Saturday.
Clement registered a career-long 75-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter and a 1-yard touchdown for Wisconsin – which moved up one spot to No.20 in the Associated Press poll.
“It was real impressive,” said senior James White, who rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown against the Golden Eagles. “We knew what he was capable of, but he just came out here, worked hard during camp and worked hard during game week. He improved each and every week. I think he’ll continue to get better and be a great player here.
The Glassboro, N.J., native’s effort helped the Badgers produce three 100-yard rushers for the second time in as many games this season. Wisconsin has now accomplished that feat in three of its last four games.
“We've all gained faith in what Corey has done,” said Andersen. “There's no question about that. I don't
think anyone would have any reservations to jogging him out there on the field, whether it's the 3rd or 4th play of the game or the 60th or 70th play of the game. Proud of his development. He understands exactly where he is and his role at this point. I'd be good with him going in wherever we have feel the need to use him, and I know he does, too.”
With his performance against Tennessee Tech, Clement became one of just six FBS true freshmen to open a career with back-to-back 100-yard rushing games since Oklahoma’s Adrian Peterson set the NCAA freshman record with nine consecutive 100-yard games to begin a career in 2004.
Clement’s 101-yard game versus UMass made him the first Badger to rush for 100 yards in his debut since redshirt freshman P.J. Hill ran for 130 yards in a 35-14 win over Bowling Green on Sept. 2, 2006.
“He came in and wanted to compete right away and play right away,” said White. “He worked hard and competed with me and Melvin, asked the right questions, tried to learn the playbook and I think he was well prepared.”
With this week’s Big Ten honor, Clement becomes the first Badgers player to be named Freshman of the Week since RB James White on Nov. 22, 2010. White was named Freshman of the Week four times that season on his way to winning the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award.
Wisconsin enters its toughest test of the early 2013 season when the Badgers travel to Arizona State for a 9:30 p.m. CT kickoff.
Extra Points: Wisconsin’s Sept.21 kickoff against Purdue will be a 2:30 p.m. kickoff and will be televised on ABC with a reverse mirror on ESPN or ESPN2, the Big Ten announced Monday … Wisconsin is 10-3 in its last 13 night games, including winning three of its last four … Wisconsin has started 3-0 in 9 of the last 10 seasons. The lone exception was last year, when UW suffered a 10-7 loss at Pac-12 foe Oregon State in week two ... Andersen said fullback Derek Watt (hamstring) is probable for the game against the Sun Devils.