Report: Wisconsin’s Rafael Gaglianone cleared to resume kicking

Wisconsin Badgers kicker Rafael Gaglianone (27) converted 16 of 18 field goal attempts in 2017.Photo Credit: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel-USA TODAY Sports

Gaglianone received the OK to return to workouts two weeks after he was ruled out indefinitely due to an injury to his kicking leg, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Thursday.

The news comes eight days before the Badgers are set to open the 2018 season against Western Kentucky on Aug. 31.

Gaglianone had been held out of practice for a number of days before he went on the injury list. He also was dealing with discomfort in his back at the time.

During Gaglianones absence, redshirt freshman Collin Larsh worked with the starting unit. Larsh is a walk-on.

The second-most accurate kicker in school history, Gaglianone has converted 60 of 75 field goal attempts for the Badgers. He has nailed 23 of his last 26 attempts.

Gaglianone appeared in 14 games in 2017 and was successful on 16 of 18 field goal attempts. He converted all 59 extra-point chances.

Injuries have hindered Gaglianone during his career at Wisconsin. He was limited to three games in 2016 before undergoing back surgery. He also missed spring practice in 2015 due to an ailing back.

Gaglianone has converted four game-winning field goals for the Badgers. He also has matched the school record by booting three field goals of at least 50 yards.