August 21 practice report

Wisconsin practiced at a sweltering Camp Randall Stadium Thursday afternoon. It was the final practice of fall camp that was open to the media. News and notes from today's session:

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  • One of the more intriguing questions that UW coaches will likely answer this weekend, and announce sometime next week, is which freshmen will redshirt. One player who is likely on the bubble in that regard is defensive end Justin Ostrowski. He spent most of fall camp working with the second team defense but has played with the scout team the past two days. However, Thursday afternoon Ostrowski also worked out with the second team defense. Joe Monty remained the other second team defensive end, while Traison Lewis rotated with Ostrowski.


  • Defensive tackle Lyle Maiava's tenure with the scout defense this season appears short lived. Maiava played with the scouts Wednesday but was working solely with the second team defense Thursday. Another tackle, Matt Gadja, worked with both the second defense and the scout defense.


  • Darius Jones was a force throughout practice this afternoon. In semi-live action scrimmaging, Jones had three stops behind the line of scrimmage and also batted down a pass.


  • Levonne Rowan and Roderick Rogers split reps with the second defense this afternoon at right corner, with Rowan starting each set at the position.


  • Freshman free safety Johnny White had a good practice, leaping over the top of a receiver to knock a pass away and later picking one off.



  • Goode continued his solid play, particularly in pass coverage. He made a very nice hit in the flats on Byron Brown this afternoon.


  • It wasn't an entirely pleasant afternoon for Goode, though. Donovan Raiola made the block of the day when he decleated Goode on a screen pass.


  • Jim Leonhard turned in the play of the day with a fantastic diving interception along the sideline.


  • It is amazing how well Owen Daniels has played despite being in the process of learning a new position. He made a nice catch today where he protected the ball and secured it with Leonhard draped all over him.



  • Tight end Joel Nellis, who worked with the second offense yesterday, was playing for the scout offense Thursday.


  • Though he was rotating with Ostrowski, Traison Lewis continued to have a good week. He showed a good burst off the line when speed rushing, blowing by Joe Thomas on multiple occasions. It is rare for Thomas to get beat by a speed rush, but Lewis has looked extremely quick of late.


  • The first team defensive line in general had a good go today. They won more battles then they lost with the first team offensive line and tormented the twos and scouts.


  • One exception to the above rule regarded right tackle Jake Wood, who held up well. On one memorable play versus the nickel, Alex Lewis tried to make a counter move while pass rushing against Wood, but Wood stayed with him and drove Lewis into the ground.


This is the final fall camp practice report for this season. The final fall camp practice, Friday, is a closed-door scrimmage. Barry Alvarez will address the media following the scrimmage and BadgerNation will run a brief story covering his remarks  tomorrow afternoon.

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