Wisconsin wraps up its last practice before Saturday's spring game

Following Thursday's 14th spring practice, Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst talks about the plan for Saturday's annual spring game.

MADISON – When asked what his goals were for Saturday’s annual spring game, Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst went straight to the point.

“Nobody gets hurt and it looks like football,” he said, without elaboration.

With Wisconsin thin at cornerback, receiver, spots along the offensive line and at tailback (Corey Clement and Dare Ogunbowale won’t see much time), the Badgers will split the two-hour spring game into two parts, doing competition drills for the first half and scrimmaging one-vs-ones and two-vs-twos to finish.

“I’m excited to see some of the young guys play and be in game-type situations,” Chryst said. “I think we can get some work in … Saturday will be a good day. Overall I appreciated what these guys have done and their approach to spring practice. We’re not where we need to be for fall, but they’ve done a heck of a job this spring.”

 The spring game will also feature no live kicking and punting, but Chryst said the kickers will attempt field goals and extra points if the drive allows it.

Connors Gets First-Team Reps

With sophomore right tackle Jacob Maxwell missing practice on Thursday with a left leg injury, offensive line coach Joe Rudolph elevated sophomore Brett Connors to the first team at the position. The former New Berlin West standout as worked a number of positions for Wisconsin during camp, including seeing reps as the second-team center.

“I’ve appreciated Brett, the way he works,” Chryst said. “He’s a guy who does a number of different things for us. He’s a young offensive lineman and he’s continuing to improve because it’s important to him. He takes coaching. I’ve enjoyed getting to know and being around Brett … He’s capable of providing us with depth, which we all know is huge.”

Underneath the Quarterback Microscope

A rough day for fifth-year senior quarterback Bart Houston, who went 8-for-17 in team drills and 1-for-4 in 7-on-7 work. Houston threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Troy Fumagalli on 7-on-7 but also threw two picks to Sojourn Shelton, one to Arrington Farrar and had Joe Ferguson drop one.

Redshirt freshman Alex Hornibrook continues to take positive strides forward. Although going 1-for-6 in 7-on-7, Hornibrook went 12-for-15 in team drills with touchdown passes of 16, 4 and 53 yards, the two longest going to receiver George Rushing and the short pass going to Fumagalli.

Combined, both quarterbacks fell victim to roughly a half dozen drops by their receiving targets.

From the Infirmary

Limited Thursday – RB Troy Laufenberg (left shoulder), OL George Panos (left shoulder), WR Krenwick Sanders (left thigh), WR Rob Wheelwright (right leg)

Out Thursday – S D’Cota Dixon (left groin), OL Ben Hemer (head), WR Henry Houden (right thigh), OL Jacob Maxwell (left leg), RB Mark Saari (right hand), OL Logan Schmidt (left knee), TE Eric Steffes (right groin)

Out for Spring – QB Kare Lyles (left hip), DE Zander Neuville (right shoulder), TE Michael Rolfe (right knee), OL Dan Voltz (right knee)


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