April 7 Practice Report

News and notes from Wisconsin football practice Monday afternoon at the McClain Center.

On another snowy, cold afternoon in Madison, the Badgers took practice indoors once again, kicking off the final week of spring football practice.

Here are some news/notes from Monday's practice at the McClain Center:

- The practice was conducted in helmet and shoulder pads, with no full contact once again. There were no changes on the No. 1 offense and defense from the weekend's practices.

- Traison Lewis, Andre Williams and Mark Gorman continue to get a ton of reps in the defensive line rotation. Defensive Line Coach John Palermo likes to feature a ton of contributors on his unit, and these three could be a part of the rotation this fall.

- Following up on Jon Linder's report from Saturday's practice, in which Alex Lewis lined up as a speed rush end...Lewis went through drills this afternoon with the defensive linemen, going 1-on-1 with offensive linemen. Lewis didn't line up anywhere except eagle linebacker during team drills.

- Kalvin Barrett had a solid practice, flattening one defender on a trap block during inside running drills, and doing a nice job in the 1-on-1 drills with the defensive linemen.

- Travaan Hayes had a long touchdown catch during 7-on-7 drills. He is pushing to get into the mix at wide receiver, but it will be a tough road to climb with the depth at that position.

- In the absence of Lee Evans, it appears Jim Sorgi's favorite target right now is Brandon Williams. Sorgi and Williams seem to have a chemistry developing, and Sorgi made a few nice throws to get Williams the ball in the open field this afternoon.

- Morgan Davis appears to be separating himself as the starting left tackle. At the beginning of practice, reps at that position were split between Davis and Jake Wood, but right now the vast majority of reps are going to Davis.

- Matt Schabert had to leave practice early, presumably for a class, so Jim Sorgi took some extra reps late in practice, working with the No. 2 offense. He threw a beautiful touchdown pass to Zach Hampton in the left corner of the endzone late in team drills.

- Levonne Rowan showed a lot of fire during Monday's practice, making a couple of pass breakups and playing with a lot of emotion. Rowan is currently the No. 2 right cornerback behind Brett Bell, but it's a safe bet that even if he doesn't win a starting spot, he will be on the field regularly this fall.

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