August 20 practice report, part 1

The Badgers took to the field for the final day of two-a-day practices, and likely the last day of work at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Center, on a very pleasant August morning.

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Wisconsin broke its squad into scout teams and those "in-the-depth" Tuesday night. With the scout teams giving a glimpse of West Virginia's offense and defense Wednesday morning, many Badger personnel questions began to form a semblance of clarity.


Here are news/notes from the practice session:


  • Strong safety Joe Stellmacher has taken another step, securing the No. 2 spot at strong safety in addition to playing as the top nickel back. Stellmacher played well in scrimmages today. He is not the fastest player out there, but he is extremely instinctive. Dontez Sanders, who entered camp No. 2 at strong safety, ran with the scout defense this morning.


  • Freshman defensive end Justin Ostrowski, who received a lot of reps with the second unit throughout fall camp, was on the scout defense this morning. He was just one of many notable linemen who were found running West Virginia's "33" stack today. Defensive tackles Lyle Maiava and Matt Gajda and end Jason Clemens, who had played to a large extent on the No. 2 nickel, were also on the scout unit. This quartet will likely now end up as the No. 3 group on the formal depth chart.


  • Wisconsin rotated its defensive units completely in scrimmage work versus a scout offense this morning. As a result, top reserve defensive linemen Nick Cochart and Darius Jones received the vast majority of their reps with the second team defense. Cochart and Jones each played tackle on the second unit, with Traison Lewis and Joe Monty manning the ends. A little more than a week ago, Lewis looked like a long shot for a second unit spot, but his play has picked up to a tremendous degree and he now appears to be the Badgers top reserve after Jones and Cochart.


  • Offensive tackle Jake Wood has completed the transition from the left side to the right and solidified a spot at No. 2 right tackle. Wood converted to make way for freshman Joe Thomas on the left side. The move wasn't for a lack of quality play on Wood's part, and that has shown through his solid work on the right side throughout camp.


  • Kyle McCorison worked in with the first defense at inside linebacker today, allowing sophomore Elliot Goode and redshirt freshman Mark Zalewski to receive even reps with the second unit. The inside linebacker position looks extremely deep this season with the emergence of Goode and Zalewski, as well as McCorison, as capable backups.


  • Owen Daniels, who was listed as the No. 6 tight end after spring ball and the No. 10 or 11 receiver heading into fall camp, has solidified a spot with the second unit receiving quartet and continues to work with the first unit in some sets. Daniels had the play of the morning: a leaping, lunging, full-extension, over-the-shoulder catch along the sideline.

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