Thursday's Practice Report

With the mercury on the thermometer reaching the high 50s, Wisconsin decided to escape the cramped confines of the McClain Center for a spring workout in Camp Randall Stadium. Without some key contributors, however, some reserves are still trying to find their contributions.

MADISON — Spending the first spring practice of the semester outdoors in the stadium, the cold weather may have gotten to the receiving corps.

Because they had a severe case of the dropsies.

In 29 combined passes Thursday during 11-on-11 drills, the Badger quarterbacks were only able to complete 10.

Much of this blame falls on the receivers and tight ends who bobbled and missed multiple catchable balls. Jared Abbrederis, Isaiah Williams, Sherard Cadogan and Marquis Mason all drew the ire of wide receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander.

With Nick Toon out with an injured foot for the spring and three senior wide receivers graduated on, there is a giant opening for playing time for anyone willing to step up.

So far no one has.

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: Shelton Johnson, Michael Trotter

FS: Aaron Henry, Dezmen Southward

Injury Report

While the spring practice has been relatively injury free, Wozniak was knocked out early Thursday after hurting his left knee.

During a 7-on-7 skeleton drill, Henry and Wozniak collided going up for a jump ball and Wozniak crumpled to the ground. Though he spent the remainder of the practice at the training table, Wozniak did not go back in side and was able to walk off under his own power at the end of practice.

Fumbled Snap

Practicing as the No. 2 center, Ryan Groy has had problems snapping the ball in every practice so far.

It popped up again Thursday, as Groy and Brennan muffed a snap during an 11-on-11 drill.

For the first time this spring, Frederick was given reps at center. In 2009, Frederick became the first true freshman ever to start at offensive line for Wisconsin.

Pick It Up

Departed running backs coach John Settle was effusive in his praise for Montee Ball and James White last season when it came to blitz pick up.

Settle was so impressed with White, he said he was the best in pass protection for a true freshman he had ever seen.

Wisconsin ran a blitz pick up drill Thursday with linebackers going one on one with the running backs and fullbacks.

White and Ball have rubbed off — the backs easily beat the linebackers.

Punt Return

For what its worth, Aaron Henry and Kenzel Doe were the only two taking punt returns as the special teams were practicing punt block and punt coverage.

Head coach Bret Bielema has already said Doe is in the running for return jobs come fall and it looks like enrolling a semester early has helped the freshman receiver.

Up Next

Wisconsin will complete week two of spring football with a scrimmage in practice No.6 Saturday

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