August 19 practice report, part 2

Part two of today's UW fall camp coverage.

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More news and notes from this afternoon's scrimmage-filled practice:


  • Linebackers Alex Lewis and Jeff Mack were very active today. They combined to record a safety early in the scrimmage session and were generally all over the field making plays. In goal line drills, Lewis had a very nice play when he knifed through the line and tripped up Booker Stanley at the line of scrimmage. Two plays later, on a fourth down from the two, Lewis took on a lead blocker, forcing Stanley to give ground before moving toward the end zone. Mack finished the play off with a text book, touchdown-saving tackle at the one.


  • End Erasmus James and defensive tackle Anttaj Hawthorne had nice practices, getting a consistent push along the line and, on a few occasions, making plays behind the line of scrimmage. James, Hawthorne and the rest of the defensive line had a lot to say for Lewis's and Mack's playmaking this afternoon. The efforts up front gave the linebackers freedom to flow and make plays.


  • Joe Thomas, after nearly a week of fairly uneventful sessions, had a very impressive practice this afternoon. Thomas was a force as a run blocker and was very good in pass blocking as well. He was able to win battles against the first and second defenses, doing an admirable job against the likes of Darius Jones and Jonathan Welsh when facing the first unit.


  • Elliot Goode appears to have a solid grip on an inside linebacker spot with the second team defense, though Mark Zalewski continues to receive regular reps.


  • Senior Kyle McCorison received some reps with the first unit defense today, spelling starter Alex Lewis.


  • Joe Stellmacher received the bulk of the reps with the second team defense at strong safety, though Dontez Sanders continues to get work there.


  • Nick Cochart and Darius Jones continue to rotate in regularly with the first unit defensive line. Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez has stated that he sees 6-8 players rotating along the front four. At the moment, it appears that number is six, though a number of second team linemen could be primed for playing time.


  • There is a significant hodgepodge of players receiving reps on the second team defensive line. At tackle Lyle Maiava, Mark Gorman, who entered camp listed at end, Mike Kleber and Matt Gajda have rotated. The defensive ends have been Joe Monty, Justin Ostrowski, Traison Lewis, Jason Clemens and Gorman.


  • Jim Sorgi had a very pretty 25-yard touchdown connection to Jonathan Orr today. Sorgi also showed his unadvertised speed yet again on a few scrambles for first downs.


  • Receiver Brandon White made a nice play for a first down during live scrimmage action this afternoon. He caught a pass along the sideline, but sidestepped away from the boundary, made Roderick Rogers miss and picked up five more yards. White made another impressive play later in the afternoon, getting slight separation on corner Chuckie Cowans and holding on to the ball despite taking a good hit right after making the catch.


  • The first team offensive line played well as a unit during live scrimmage work, especially in run blocking. As would likely be expected, they controlled the action against the second unit defensive line. In one-versus-one drills, it was typically a cumulative stalemate.


  • Guard Jonathan Clinkscale stood out with an impressive block on Alex Lewis this afternoon, pulling across and chipping Lewis away from the play.

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