WISCONSIN SPORTS BRIEFS: Packers' Harris may be out for the season
GREEN BAY - Green Bay Packers’ running back DuJuan Harris will be put on the injured reserve list with a knee injury he aggravated in Friday night’s exhibition loss to Seattle. He’ll be out for the season, unless the Packers name him as their one IR player they’re allowed to bring back in the middle of the campaign.
Head Coach Mike McCarthy said it’s too early to tell what Harris’ designation will be yet. With Harris gone, running back James Starks might have increased his chances of making the team. McCarthy said he was excited about the camp Starks had, as he practiced every day and did more on special teams’ than in the past. The Packers held their final practice of Training Camp today. Kicker Mason Crosby made a strong case to hold onto his job, as he made all 14 field goals he attempted – including kicks from 64-and-65 yards out. Zach Ramirez, whom the Packers brought in on Sunday, booted just 6-of-16. McCarthy said both kickers practiced both with-and-against today’s wind – and he said he’s not ready to give Crosby the job just yet. The Packers will play their final exhibition game on Thursday night at Kansas City.
University of Wisconsin quarterback Tanner McEvoy has already shown that he can play at wide receiver. But UW head coach Gary Andersen said some defensive assignments might not be out of the question. During a teleconference with Big Ten coaches today, Andersen said McEvoy is so athletic, he needs to be on the field. The junior college transfer played in both the receiver and defensive back positions in high school in New Jersey. Andersen said McEvoy’s days as a quarterback may still be ahead of him but quote, “He is talented enough, and he is definitely smart enough to affect the game in a positive way on Saturday.” The Badgers open their season at home against UMass on Saturday at Camp randall Stadium. Kick-off is at 11 a.m. and the game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.
Jamar Fletcher and seven others former University of Wisconsin athletes and coaches will be inducted into the University of Wisconsin Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday. Fletcher, a defensive back from 1998-2000, says he is honored to be inducted. He played a key role in back-to-back Rose Bowls for the Badgers in 1999 and 2000, then followed that up with an eight-year career in the NFL. Along with real estate, being a dad and other projects, Fletcher says he is also a mentor for youth in Broward County, Florida. The other inductees include former UW women's track and field and cross country coach Peter Tegen, former football player David Greenwood, former UW hockey player Dean Talafous, former wrestler Jack Reinwald, former basketball player Claude Gregory, former softball player Andrea Kirchberg and UW booster and former swimmer Chuck LaBahn.
The Milwaukee Brewers will try to end a five-game losing streak to the Pittsburgh Pirates when they play each other tonight at PNC Park. The Pirates have won six straight home contests over the Crew – and they’ll need a victory if they want to regain first place in the National League Central. Pittsburgh is currently a half-game behind division-leading Saint Louis, while the Brewers were recently successful in getting out of last place in the Central. The Crew now holds a two-and-a-half game lead over the fifth-place Chicago Cubs. Right-hander Kyle Lohse starts for Milwaukee tonight against Pirates’ left-hander Jeff Locke. Lohse is 9-8 with a 3.22 ERA. He’s 4-1 in his last seven starts, and he’s coming off a win over the Cardinals last Tuesday night. Locke has been struggling lately. He’s 0-2 in his last six starts with a 6.59 ERA. Last Thursday, he gave up three runs in four innings against San Francisco. Locke is 9-4 overall, with an ERA of just over three.
Matt Olson of the Beloit Snappers is the Midwest League Batter-of-the-Week. The 19-year-old first baseman hit five homers in five games last week, and then doubled in three straight contests during the weekend. Olson was the Oakland A’s first-round draft pick a year ago. As of yesterday, he ranked second in the Midwest League in homers with 22, and strikeouts with 140. Zachary Bird of Great Lakes is the Midwest pitcher-of-the-week.