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August 31, 2013Follow @JohnVeldhuis
MADISON, Wis. - It's so far, so good for Wisconsin's 2013 recruiting class. Five true freshmen played in Wisconsin's season opener against UMass, and a few played key roles in the Badgers' 45-0 win.
Cornerback Sojourn Shelton started the game for the Badgers opposite Peniel Jean, and the 5-foot-9 product of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., recorded four tackles, and pulled down his first career interception in the third quarter. The Badgers also sent Shelton on a cornerback blitz on at least one occasion during the game, and he was credited with a quarterback hurry on the play.
"It felt really [good]," Shelton said of his interception after the game. "I went in to this game wanting an interception. My first varsity high school game I had an interception and that was my goal coming in now. I was pretty excited and amped up and just extremely happy."
True freshman running back Corey Clement also made an impact in his first game as a Badger. Clement carried the ball 16 times for 101 net yards in the fourth quarter, and scored a 23-yard touchdown on just the fourth carry of his career.
"It was great," Clement said of rushing for 100 yards against UMass. "I didn't actually know (about hitting the century mark). I was just trying to play the game, and do what I had to to help out my teammates."
Clement is the first Wisconsin player to rush for 100 yards in his debut since P.J. Hill ran for 130 yards on 22 carries against Bowling Green on Sept. 2, 2006.
Outside linebacker Leon Jacobs recorded the first tackle of his career as well on special teams. Cornerback Jakarrie Washington and running back Austin Ramesh were also listed on the participation report, but were not credited with any stats.
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