Jan 2, 2012; Pasadena, CA, USA; Wisconsin Badgers offensive lineman Ricky Wagner (58) in the 2012 Rose Bowl game against the Oregon Ducks at the Rose Bowl. Oregon defeated Wisconsin 45-38. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Michigan State football: Wisconsin OL Ricky Wagner injury could help Spartans

Good news Michigan State football fans: Wisconsin head coach Bret Beilema is unsure if future top NFL draft pick Ricky Wagner will start at left tackle this Saturday against the Spartans. Wagner is regarded as one of the best tackles in the nation and NFL general managers are licking their chops waiting for him to enter the NFL draft pool.

ESPN’s Big Ten blog wrote the following about Wagner Tuesday:

Badgers head coach Bret Bielema said he’s unsure if left tackle Ricky Wagner will be available for this week’s game against Michigan State. Wagner injured his right knee two weeks ago against Purdue. Ryan Groy filled in at left tackle in the second half against the Boilers and in last week’s win over Minnesota.

Could there be any better news for a guy like William Gholston who has been struggling to make his name standout on the stat sheet at the defensive end position? Not to mention this injury news tidbit could be helpful for Marcus Rush, the other defensive end. Defensive linemen love patchwork offensive lines that shuffle players around. This news could be huge in determining who wins this game.

Defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi is going to do a great job finding mismatches for his trench workers. Should Michigan State take advantage of Wagner’s absence, assuming he does not play, this game could be over quick—especially in the passing game.

The only thing that could hurt the MSU defense is the fact that running backs Montee Ball and James White are still in the lineup. Those two guys are bruisers and have a knack for finding the end zone and breaking down defenses. If Ball and James can wear down Narduzzi’s crew, it could spell disaster for Michigan State.

The Spartans will travel to Camp Randall Stadium to take on the Wisconsin Badgers this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET.

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