MADISON (WKOW) -- Corey Clement caught a glimpse of the crowd at the Badgers first fall scrimmage. He marveled at how more than a thousand fans showed up to watch a practice.
"It was kind of cool having my first college crowd. Them actually seeing what I could do. They read about me. So, they wanted to see what I was actually made of. I hope I didn't let them down in any way."
Clement didn't let anybody down. The freshman from New Jersey displayed a powerful running approach while getting the bulk of the carries. He even scored a touchdown.
"Just didn't want to think like a freshman. Did what I had to do. Impress the people I had to impress. Earn the respect that I could."
The coaching staff had a lot of respect for Clement before he even arrived on campus. In fact, they moved a couple of running backs to defense in anticipation that Clement would be capable of backing up James White and Melvin Gordon. Clement feels like he can be a good complement to the veteran duo because he brings a different element.
"More power. They can hit the one-two punch, and I can be the clean-up guy."
For the moment, Clement is just trying to prove he is ready to be the third-string running back. After that, he has other ideas.
"Sooner or later, I want to progress up to the number one spot. It's all about competing in this league. We're all competing for the same job. I'm not just letting anybody walk all over me."
The Badgers are counting on it.
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