MADISON, Wis. -- Jeff Duckworth won't disclose how far from 100 percent he actually feels these days. The bulging discs in his lower back surfaced a couple of years ago, and he never knows the excruciating pain levels he'll feel when he wakes up each morning.
"The only thing I can really get done is a fusion, which I don't want to do," Duckworth said. "I've gotten a couple injections and stuff. It comes and goes."
Playing football, he is well aware, is probably the least helpful solution to overcoming the body aches. But Duckworth, a redshirt senior for the University of Wisconsin, also knows he has only a handful of opportunities remaining to suit up at wide receiver for the Badgers. And so, he continues to roll out of bed and battle the flare-ups for the few chances he receives to make an impact on the field.
Saturday provided one of those opportunities, and Duckworth nearly played the role of hero. He caught a 51-yard pass from quarterback Joel Stave down to the Arizona State ...