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Bielema says three of his players worthy of Big Ten's awards

Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema says three of his players should be considered for the Big Ten's annual awards.

He says running back John Clay is a legitimate candidate for the league's offensive player of the year and the same is true for senior O'Brien Schofield as the top defensive player, and linebacker Chris Borland as the freshman of the year.

Clay, a sophomore, leads the Big Ten in rushing with 112 yards a game and he has the most touchdowns on the ground with 12.

The Badgers will play at Northwestern on Saturday, and Wildcats' coach Pat Fitzgerald says Clay is arguably the league's MVP.

Schofield ranks second in the conference in tackles for losses with 19.5.

And Borland has received two weekly league honors for both defense and special teams. He's second on the Badgers with three sacks.

At Wednesday's practice, quarterback Scott Tolzien took part but he wore a brace on his right knee, after straining it against Michigan last Saturday.

And one other Badger note the team's regular season finale at Hawaii has been set for 10:30 p.m. kick-off. ESPN will show it.