Amongst hundreds of high school coaches that showed up for this weekend's practice sessions, the Badgers continued to work hard in preparation for the spring football game April 12. With all the experience returning at the skilled positions on the offensive side of the ball, the Badgers have already begun to experiment with formations uncharacteristic of UW football. Here is a rundown of those developments and other notes from this weekends practices:
- Throughout practice this weekend, there were multiple occasions when Wisconsin lined up with as many as four wideouts. For a team that returns the bulk of its receiving core in Jonathan Orr, Darrin Charles, Brandon White and Brandon Williams, in addition to the return of Lee Evans, the Badgers could possess one of the most potent offenses in the nation and quarterback Jim Sorgi can't wait to begin a season in which he may have the luxury of leading an offense that could have multiple five-wideout sets.
"You have to love that," Sorgi said in regards to lining up with as many as five wide receivers. "Especially when you look at the guys and there really isn't a weak link out there with the receiving core we have. I mean you have speed, you have strength, you have height and we have worked so long together that I know what they're going to do and they know where I am going to throw the ball."
"I like that a lot and I think all of our receivers do," Orr said about the spread offense. "All the receivers are capable of making plays and the more that we can get on the field the better chance we are going to have of spreading people out."
- Amidst the position battles that will be going on throughout the spring and well into the summer and fall, junior captain Jim Sorgi has done a great deal in the offseason to feel extremely confident about himself and the team's chances come September. After having bulked up considerably in the offseason, Sorgi is looking forward to making his own legacy at UW a positive one.
"People ask me if there is a lot of pressure taking over Brooks' spot, because he was a great quarterback and he did a bunch of things for this program and he left his legacy. But now it's time for me to leave mine," Sorgi said.
- On the defensive side of the ball, the Badger secondary has had a smooth transition since the departure of Ron Cooper to Mississippi State. With three returning starters – Scott Starks, Jim Leonhard, and Ryan Aiello – the Badger secondary will be more comfortable and more familiar with each other out on the field, compared to last season when Aiello and Leonhard were first year starters.
"It helps out a lot just with the communication," Leonhard said of the increased experience of the secondary. "We have a lot of guys that have played and seen everything. They are not just going out and seeing things for the first time, and we still have a lot of guys behind us that are giving us a lot of competition.
- Among those in attendance at Saturday's practice were Al and Ben Johnson, and Freddie Owens, fresh off his run in the NCAA Tournament.
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