Badgers center Peter Konz expects to play

LOS ANGELES -- Wisconsin center Peter Konz was the the biggest ham at Rose Bowl media day on Friday. Konz wandered around the Marriott ballroom, interviewing other players and dragging reporters with him.

That's a great sign for the Badgers. Not because Konz will become a celebrity out here in Hollywood, but because he obviously feels good enough to goof around.

The second-team All-American has been out since the Nov. 12 Minnesota game when he dislocated his left ankle. Konz said his lighthearted mood on Friday was partially due to the fact that he expects to start Monday's game against Oregon.

"There would definitely be something lingering in the back of my mind if something was wrong," he said.

Konz said he has been going full-bore in practice and feels ready to get back to action.

"It's up to the coaches, and I don't make that decision," he said. "But as far as my standpoint, everything's good to go. I'm just excited to play football again."

Wisconsin did just fine without Konz in the lineup, winning its final three games as Travis Frederick and Ryan Groy combined to replace him. But there's little doubt he would provide a major boost to the offensive line and the rushing attack.

"I think Peter's OK," Frederick said. "I don't know if I can say he's 100 percent because I can't really gauge that. But whatever happens, we'll be fine."

Konz is a junior who will have a decision to make after the game about his future. He is a likely NFL draft pick, but the injury could affect his stock and his outlook.

"You've always got to take everything into account," he said. "That's why I will take a week after the game to clear my head. I want to make sure I do the smartest thing and not just jump in to something."