Spring practice report, March 6

News and notes from Saturday's practice

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  • Junior Levonne Rowan took all of the reps with the first unit at boundary cornerback Saturday, pushing junior Brett Bell, who is coming back from a shoulder injury suffered last season, to the second team. Chuckie Cowans continues to backup Scott Starks at field cornerback.


  • Freshman Jameson Davis continues to work as the third team boundary corner, while redshirt freshman Ben Strickland is the third team field corner.


  • Scott Starks made one of the best plays of the day with an over-the-shoulder interception while defending a deep post pattern.


  • Sophomore free safety Roderick Rogers continued to impress. After picking off two passes in scrimmage work Friday, he made another interception Saturday, this time in 7-on-7 action.


  • The offensive player who has made the most plays through the first two days of practice is none other than tight end Jason Pociask, who made three nice mid-range receptions in scrimmage drills and one on a deep pass play. A reserve the last two seasons, Pociask has caught one pass in his career. The Badgers have been rotating their backs and receivers in a platoon at this point, so it is difficult to tell where Pociask is in the depth, but he remains officially listed No. 2, behind senior Tony Paciotti and ahead of junior Owen Daniels.


  • Daniels made one of the better plays Saturday, going in motion across the formation from a wing or H-back position to the slot, then running a nice route and making a diving reception along the sideline.


  • Junior receiver Brandon White, who has made his biggest impression felt as a run blocker so far in his career, is officially listed as Brandon Williams' backup at one wide receiver position this spring. White has been receiving a lot of reps and made a nice leaping catch along the sideline Saturday.


  • After flipping between left and right tackle Friday, Morgan Davis worked exclusively as the first-team left tackle Saturday, while Mike Lorenz played right tackle. Freshmen Joe Thomas and Danny Kaye held down the left and right tackle spots, respectively, with the second unit.


  • Junior Jake Wood remained the first team right guard Saturday. Jonathan Clinkscale, who has started 33 games the past three seasons, is still No. 2.


  • In goal line situations, junior John Gillen worked in at Sam linebacker with the second unit, but took most of his reps with the third team.



  • Walk-on receiver Matt Ironside, a sophomore, announced his arrival with a long touchdown reception toward the end of practice. Redshirt freshman Jonte Flowers was on the receiving end of two such throws.


  • Former Badger linebacker Alex Lewis stopped by practice Saturday and was amazed when he saw Wisconsin's mix of drills progressing simultaneously, not a surprising state of mind, considering he is not exactly used to watching the Badgers practice from the sideline.


Note to readers: Wisconsin may or may not have practice Sunday afternoon, pending weather conditions. A youth soccer tournament is pushing the Badgers out of the McClain Center and, as of Saturday, the team had yet to decide whether or not to practice outdoors Sunday.


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