On a stiflingly hot afternoon, with temperatures climbing into the 90s, the Badgers scrimmaged a variety of situations through the course of practice. News/notes from this afternoon's practice:
- Anthony Davis continues to impress day-after-day. He is showing a great burst to turn the corner and he gets up field in a hurry. He is lighting quick on his cuts, easily sliding and bursting into running lanes. In addition, he has been a threat as a receiver out of the backfield. Whether running or pass catching when he gets into the open field, look out. Davis showed that burst today throughout live scrimmage work. On one play against the second defense, he cut outside the tackle and burst up field. In barely a blink, he had traveled 23 yards for a touchdown. No defender came close to getting a hand on him.
- Cornerback Brett Bell has taken it up a notch this week. He blanketed receivers today, running stride-for-stride with the Badgers best receivers. Bell has very good size and speed and he looks a natural fit at corner. Especially in red zone drills Bell, for the second day in a row, was a lockdown corner. There was barely even breathing space for whoever he was covering.
- On one telling play this afternoon, Lee Evans made a move and burst down the sideline. Bell, however, hung with him every step of the way. As the two glided into the end zone, each made a play on the ball, which glanced off both players' fingertips, but fell incomplete. It was a fitting result for a tough one-on-one battle.
- Freshman cornerback Roderick Rogers is pushing for playing time. He received significant reps with the second unit defense and second unit nickel package this afternoon. Rogers has good size and is very athletic. He has plenty of room for growth, but he is yet another member of this freshman class worth being excited about. Rogers made a good, and close to great, play this afternoon when he broke on an out pattern and knocked the ball away. The great part was getting to the ball, but Rogers put himself in position to pick it off and couldn't quite wrap it up. The play was not indicative or Rogers' hands, though. He has displayed solid ball skills throughout fall camp.
- Outside linebacker Chris Catalano has moved up to the second nickel defense. Catalano has had a solid fall camp and has played on the second unit short yardage defense throughout the fall. Now, he has supplanted Kareem Timbers as a second unit nickel linebacker, playing alongside Elliot Goode. Catalano has a lot of speed and despite playing at 206 pounds is a reasonably physical player.
- Receiver/tight end Owen Daniels continues to receive reps with the first unit in some packages. Daniels made a nice play while playing with the reserves today, hanging on to a hard-thrown pass from quarterback John Stocco despite taking hits from Ryan Aiello and Jeff Mack.
- Playing against the first defense, reserve tailback Jerone Pettus made a good read and showed a nice burst on a five-yard touchdown run. Though the team is loaded at running back, Pettus could still earn playing time.