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Jake Keefer Injured In Wisconsin Football Scrimmage

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Jake Keefer suffers an apparent left knee injury Jake Keefer suffers an apparent left knee injury
Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen observes Monday's scrimmage Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen observes Monday's scrimmage
Wisconsin senior quarterback Curt Phillips Wisconsin senior quarterback Curt Phillips
Wisconsin senior wide receiver Jared Abbrederis hauls in a TD pass from Joel Stave Wisconsin senior wide receiver Jared Abbrederis hauls in a TD pass from Joel Stave

Madison (WQOW) -- Wisconsin sophomore defensive lineman Jake Keefer has to leave Monday's Badgers football scrimmage with an apparent left knee injury.

Keefer, a Baldwin-Woodville H.S. graduate, was looking forward to more playing time this season at Wisconsin, especially with the Badgers switching to a 3-4 defense and needing more depth up front.  There's no word late Monday on the extent of Keefer's injury.  

Several hundred fans turned out for the scrimmage, keeping a close watch on the quarterback competition.   Senior Curt Phillips had the steadiest day, completing a TD pass to Derek Watt. Sophomore Joel Stave saw work with both the second team and first team.  Stave was sacked a few times and missed some throws, but also showed off his arm, connecting with Jared Abbrederis for a long score.  Sophomore transfer Tanner McEvoy had a rough day, with only a few completions and a fumble.

"He's out there in turbulent waters right now," says Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen, "hopefully, in the next five or six days, his mind will clear, the waters will smooth, and he can go out and let his athletic ability and his mind take over. Again, the challenge for a quarterback is to gain the respect of the guys that are on the field with him. I think there's been some slight separation at this point, which I hope so. I hope it wouldn't be a dead tie after six or seven practices."

Wisconsin will hold another scrimmage next Monday.

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