Tuesday's Practice Report

Starting off week number two of spring football, it was evident that Wisconsin was too relaxed after two days off. With false starts, bobbled balls, missed assignments and unnecessary collisions, false starts and muffed snaps, Tuesday was a rocky day for Wisconsin.

MADISON — After winning a share of the Big Ten title and securing a place in the Rose Bowl, the challenges facing the Wisconsin football team this spring are obvious:

They need to retain the relentless motivation that drove the 2010 team to success.

Consider Tuesday's practice an example of falling well short of that goal.

In a practice that saw several dropped passes (and a few dropped interceptions), fumbled snaps and more than one blown assignment, Bielema expressed his displeasure with the team as the practice concluded.

"We are not taking reps just to take reps," Bielema told his guys as they huddled up.

"Guys are worse today than they were last week."

Two-Deep Offense

QB: Jon Budmayr, Joe Brennan

RB: Montee Ball or James White, Jeff Lewis

TE: Jake Byrne or Brian Wozniak

H-back: Jacob Pedersen, Sherard Cadogan or Manasseh Garner

RT: Casey Dehn, Rob Havenstein

RG: Kevin Zeitler, Dallas Lewallen

C: Peter Konz, Ryan Groy

LG: Travis Frederick, Jake Current

LT: Ricky Wagner, Robert Burge

WR: Jared Abbrederis, Marquis Mason

WR: Jeff Duckworth, Kenzel Doe or Isaiah Williams

Two-Deep Defense

DT: Jordan Kohout, B.A. Allen

DT: Patrick Butrym, Ethan Hemer

DE: Louis Nzegwu, Pat Muldoon

DE: David Gilbert, Brendan Kelly

MLB: Marcus Trotter, A.J. Fenton

SLB: Kevin Claxton, Josh Harrison

WLB: Mike Taylor, Conor O'Neill

CB: Antonio Fenelus, Peniel Jean or Marcus Cromartie

CB: Devin Smith, Adam Hampton

SS: Dezmen Southward, Michael Trotter

FS: Aaron Henry, Shelton Johnson

Quarterback Competition

While many fans are assuming Jon Budmayr has the starting quarterback job locked down, the competition is far from over.

Budmayr has had two poor practices in a row, throwing two interceptions in five passes Tuesday during 11-on-11 drills.

Freshmen Joe Brennan and Joel Stave both were given ample reps, with Brennan going an unofficial 6-for-7 and Stave throwing 6-for-9.

Budmayr did excel in goal line drills, showing off his strong arm during a skeleton drill to fit several touchdown passes into tight windows.

Special Teamers

In the second practice open to the media, the Badgers gave their first glimpse of special teams under new coordinator DeMontie Cross.

UW started working on its timing on kickoffs with the gunners getting the best possible leap just as the kickers were booting the ball.

Although it is a way to early look, here was the first-team line used for kickoff coverage by Cross: Jean, Johnson, Southward, Marcus Trotter, Kyle Zuleger, Bradie Ewing, Wozniak, Cromartie, Garner, Conor O'Neill.

A Crushing Blow

Twice during team work, a big hit drew the oohs and the ahhs from the sidelines, and twice it brought the anger of the head coach.

It started when Johnson, who was dropped to the second team safety in favor of Southward, failed to pull up on a Joe Brennan pass to tight end Brian Wozniak. As Wozniak started to come down with the catch, Johnson ran into the unprotected receiver, knocking him to the turf and was slow to get up. Johnson immediately put his hands up as if to indicate it was an accident, but Bielema walked a good 20 yards and spoke with Johnson about the unnecessary hit.

Just a few plays later, redshirt freshman Cameron Ontko knocked down an unsuspecting Kyle Zuleger, after the redshirt sophomore bobbled the pass. That caused another mini tirade from Bielema.

Take It To The House!

New defensive coordinator Chris Ash prepares for everything.

The starting defense was put through several drills that can only be called "pick-six" practice. Ash would lob a ball 30-40 yards down field for a corner or safety to intercept, and then the rest of the defense would practice blocking for him as he made a mad dash to the end zone.

To top it off, all 11 defenders would gather for a celebration in the back of the end zone after each return.

Extra Points

After two fumbled snaps in Saturday's practice, Ryan Groy had two more bobbled exchanges Tuesday, once with Brennan and once with Stave. … Joe Thomas, Barry Alvarez, John Clay and Niles Brinkley all made an appearance at practice. Brinkley took particular pleasure in cheering on the defense during some 11-on-11 action. … Even when there was no tackling, James White still managed to show off his blazing speed by finding two cutback lanes on runs for untouched touchdowns … Recruits Joseph Jones (IL), Kaleb Leach (KY), Leo Musso (WI) and were in attendance along with 2011 verbal commit Jordan Fredrick.

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