MICHAEL POPPY/Herald photoAt his weekly press conference Monday, UW head footballcoach Bret Bielema announced wide receiver Marcus Randle El would be leavingthe team because of injury issues.”Going into the year, we didn’t think he would be able tomake it through our double-day sessions,” Bielema said, adding he and Randle Elmade the joint decision after the wide out’s surgically repaired knee reallybegan to bother him in recent weeks. “He gutted it up and got to the pointwhere he is today, but he is going to pursue a medical scholarship at thispoint, hopefully be able to duplicate what we’ve done with Justin Ostrowski.”Ostrowski, a former defensive tackle, gave up playing football during the pastoffseason after knee injuries continued to nag him. He is still around the teamsomewhat, and was introduced Saturday along with his classmates during theteam’s pregame Senior Day festivities.The younger brother of former Indiana quarterback andcurrent Washington Redskins wide receiver Antwaan Randle El, Marcus Randle Elwas hampered by injuries during his time with the Badgers. He caught fourpasses for 45 yards and a touchdown over parts of three seasons.”Marcus, obviously because of his name and what he brings tothe table, came in with a lot of expectations and played as a freshman and thenwas injured,” Bielema said. “It’s just been something. Personally for him, it’sbeen a hard, hard struggle, and we’re trying to help him through it as much aswe can.”Axe gameSaturday’s game will mark the 117th time Wisconsin andMinnesota have faced off against one another on the football field, making the BoarderBattle the most played rivalry in NCAA Division I college football.While Bielema has only been a part of the rivalry for Paul Bunyan’s Axe thepast three seasons, he has already embraced the history that goes along withsuch a storied, lengthy series.”One of the great things that coach Alvarez taught me washow much he emphasized the history of the Axe and how we use it in recruitingto display it,” Bielema said, continuing on to say he is educating his playersall week on the history of the rivalry, going as far back as the early 1900s.In a series marked by occasional wild games and finishes,Bielema knows he and his staff have their work cut out for them to avoid ashocking loss at the hands of the woeful Gophers (1-10, 0-7 Big Ten).”What I pointed out to our players is this: You’re going tohave a group of seniors that are going into their last home game like ourseniors just did this past Saturday,” Bielema said.”And to go through the season they had this year and played very competitive inall the ballgames … it just hasn’t turned out the way they wanted in the end.And I’m sure we’re going to get their best effort of the year.”Injury reportDespite not practicing at all last week, running back P.J.Hill was able to play sparingly Saturday against Michigan, running five timesfor 14 yards. While the team hasn’t practiced yet this week, Bielema saidhe expected his sophomore tailback to practice Tuesday and be available for theupcoming game.As for quarterback Tyler Donovan, who left the Senior Daywin in the fourth quarter after banging his hand on a helmet on the follow-throughof a throw, Bielema was cautiously optimistic.”We expect him to be involved in some capacity on Tuesday and just see how heprogresses throughout the course of the week,” Bielema said.Shaughnessy honoredDefensive end Matt Shaughnessy was honored by the Big Tenthis week as the conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week, sharing the honorwith Penn State linebacker Dan Connor.Shaughnessy led the Wisconsin defense Saturday with seventackles, including 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for a loss.Linebacker DeAndre Levy was the last Wisconsin player toearn Defensive Player of the Week honors. Levy was recognized for his play inWisconsin’s Oct. 27 game against Indiana.