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“I’m just focusing more than anything on the team. Last year, I didn’t have to worry about any of that and I played an excellent season,” Clay said. “I’m just trying to get back to that mindset _ being that last year player but being even better.”

For White, it’s his first trip through the Big Ten and his first look at the rivalry game against the Gophers. Wisconsin has held Paul Bunyan’s Axe after each of the last six meetings.

Things certainly keep getting better for the speedy back from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. After averaging 5.3 yards per carry in his first three games, White has exploded for 243 yards on 21 carries _ an 11.6 average _ and six touchdowns in Wisconsin’s last two games.

James is being productive and John is being productive,” Wisconsin lineman John Moffitt said. “If they are splitting time, it’s working with our system.”

And Wisconsin believes there’s no wrong answer to who will be the featured running back.

“I really do believe, just because I know what John Clay can do, we probably have two of the best running back combinations that I’ve been around,” Bielema said. “And that’s been some pretty good backs.”