Scrimmage Standouts

Wisconsin held its first scrimmage of fall camp Monday afternoon. In the first opportunity for the public to view the Badgers this fall, a handful of players shined while others have ground to make up.

Who Flashed

Running Back Corey Clement: Clement had another great practice by making the most of every rep he received in the scrimmage. Clement finished the day with 20 carries for 98 yards and a touchdown, including a 20-yard run that was the longest rush of the day. When Clement makes a cut it's a nice smooth cut, instead of choppy, and he keeps his legs moving to gain extra yardage. Another good thing Clement does is falls forward at the end of each run, gaining extra yards. Clement will be fun to watch this coming year.

Quarterback Curt Phillips: Phillips had the best showing of the quarterbacks going 4-7 for 65 yards and a touchdown. Phillips hit Jared Abbrederis on an out route for a 25-yard catch on his first pass and his Derek Watt for a 30-yard touchdown pass later in practice. Phillips had the fewest pass attempts among the quarterbacks but all of his throws looked good. He only had one throw that he underthrew, showing good arm strength and judgment.

Running Back James White: White only had six carries for 36 yards in the scrimmage but, like Clement, he made the most of his reps. Besides his six carries White also was able to haul in a screen pass and picked up 20 yards. White should see more passes come his way this fall because he's a talented individual with the football in his hands.

Wide Receiver Alex Erickson: Erickson only had one catch for 15 yards in the scrimmage but saw time with first- and second-team offense. The receivers didn't do much outside Abbrederis so it will be interesting to see if Erickson plays himself into a role when the season begins. Erickson looked comfortable running his routes and did a good job of blocking, so he should remain in the mix for playing time. Erickson could use the first two games of the year to gain some valuable game experience.

Cornerback Darius Hillary: Hillary made a very good tackle on Kenzel Doe after he recognized the wide receiver screen, stopping the play before it even started. Hillary is a solid tackler and did a good job of tackling during the scrimmage, not to mention breaking up a couple of passes, as well.

Didn't Flash

Quarterback Tanner McEvoy: It was a rough scrimmage for McEvoy. Although he was able to end on a high note by leading a scoring drive, hitting Doe for a 14-yard touchdown pass, it was his only highlight. McEvoy finished the scrimmage 2-10 for 22 yards, including a fumble during the scrimmage. Feeling the pass rush closing in, McEvoy dropped the football without any defender knocking it out of his hands when he tried to retuck the football. If McEvoy doesn't improve soon he'll find himself out of the quarterback race.

Center Dan Voltz: Voltz played fine but was partially responsible for a fumble on a quarterback-center exchange with Stave under center. This continued a trend where there were exchange problems during Friday's practice. Voltz is going to have to get the exchange down because this can't be a problem once the season starts.

Quarterback Joel Stave: Although Stave's numbers look good from the scrimmage, he still struggled. His first two passes of the scrimmage were poorly underthrown. Both of those throws Stave can and should make and two he would like to have back. Besides under throwing his intended receivers, Stave had trouble dealing with the pressure. He was sacked unofficially three times during the scrimmage. It is clear that Stave has the best arm on the team (displaying it on his 65-yard touchdown pass to Abbrederis) but the coaches will remember his mistakes.

Punter Drew Meyer: Meyer had one poor punt that only traveled 10 yards and another where he went rugby style and barely got the punt off. Meyer did redeem himself with a 50-yard punt. Meyer also served as Kyle French's holder during the scrimmage. A poor snap led to the kick being blocked, but Meyer still had time to get the football down.

Wide Receiver Rob Wheelwright: Wheelwright mostly worked with the second-team offense and didn't catch any passes during the scrimmage. He also wasn't targeted either. If Wheelwright wants to make an impact as a freshman he can't be quiet during a scrimmage or practices. There were plenty of passes during the scrimmage where he could have fought to get himself open. It would have been nice to see what could do with the football in his hands.

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