Spring practice report, March 10

News and notes from the last practice before spring break; Wisconsin's next practice is March 24

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  • Barry Alvarez told his team following practice that they would have a spring game after all. The game was cancelled two months ago due to the construction at Camp Randall Stadium. Players and coaches were not available for comment following Wednesday's practice, but it has been rumored that Lussier Stadium at Madison La Follette High School was the most likely site if the game were to be played. After Alvarez' remarks to his team, a UW official said that a formal announcement would likely be made soon.

 

  • Redshirt freshman James Kamoku received his most extended playing time of the spring Wednesday. Kamoku spent most of practice as the No. 2 strong safety (Johnny White missed the first two hours of the two-and-a-half hour session, most likely due to a class conflict.). The team scrimmaged live for close to an hour at the end of practice and in those scrimmages and the controlled scrimmages that preceded it, Kamoku broke up three passes. After moving back to the third team upon White's arrival, Kamoku stepped up from his safety position and made a nice tackle near the line of scrimmage.

 

  • The play of the day belonged to walk-on cornerback Ben Strickland, who made a leaping interception on a deep pass down the sideline.

 

  • As a 17-year-old freshman quarterback, it is not surprising that Sean Lewis has had some growing pains through the first few days of practice, including a fumbling problem reminiscent of Tyler Donovan's struggles last fall. Lewis, though, may have built some confidence towards the end of practice with a beautifully thrown touchdown pass that hit Enrique Cook, who was running a post pattern, in stride about 50 yards down field.

 

  • In live scrimmage work, John Stocco worked exclusively with the first offense, while Tyler Donovan took slightly more reps with the second offense than Lewis. Lewis took all of the snaps with the third offense. Senior Matt Schabert competed in all the team's drills Wednesday, 7-on-7 scrimmages and controlled scrimmages prior to the live work, but did not take part in the live scrimmages. A similar scenario unfolded during bowl practices. At that time quarterbacks coach Jeff Horton stated that he did not feel Schabert needed those reps because he already knew the system. That is likely the reason he is not getting as many reps this spring, but it also states pretty clearly that he is not being considered for the starting job.

 

  • Jake Wood was a rather busy individual Wednesday. He continued to play right guard with the first offense, but Jonathan Clinkscale took some reps at the spot in live scrimmage action. Wood then split reps with Clinkscale at right guard on the second unit and worked out at left guard with the third unit.

 

  • Owen Daniels took all of his reps Wednesday with the first offense at tight end. In some packages he split out as a wide receiver but mostly played as an in-line tight end or a U-tight end. In pass rushing and blocking drills with the first defense, Daniels held up remarkably well against ends Jonathan Welsh and Joe Monty.

 

  • Dontez Sanders had a strong practice, snuffing out two reverses, staying home against a naked bootleg and stopping Stocco for a loss, and hanging with Ernest Mason on a crossing route long enough to break up a pass. He looks very comfortable at the weakside linebacker spot.

 

  • Mike Van Someren was the third team right tackle. Danny Kaye had been doubled as third-team right tackle and second-team left tackle the past two practices, but just had the latter duties Wednesday.

 

  • Reggie Cribbs worked as the second-team mike linebacker Wednesday, while Brandon Kelly worked in with the first, second and third team at mike.

 

  • Roderick Rogers and Casey Hogan have had an opportunity to impress with starting free safety Jim Leonhard being held out of contact drills. Leonhard continues to get his work in with the first unit in controlled and 7-on-7 scrimmage situations, but Rogers moves up to the first defense in live work and Hogan fills in at No. 2. Rogers has shined through the first four spring practices and Hogan looks very comfortable patrolling the secondary.

 

  • Brett Bell took most of the reps at one first-team cornerback spot and had an interception in live work.

 

 

  • Another pair of walk-ons took the reps with the third-team defense at linebacker: Dan Zess at will and Adam Purcell at sam.

 


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