Spring practice report, March 24

News and notes from spring practice No. 5

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Wisconsin practiced on the turf at Camp Randall Stadium Wednesday afternoon. The bulk of the activity took place near the north end zone, though the most noise on the field certainly emanated from the south end zone, where construction crews were continuing the work on the stadium renovation. The field from the back of the south end zone to just shy of the 10-yard line is filled with dirt and construction equipment, as is the southwest corner of the stadium and what used to be the south end zone seating area.


  • Jonathan Clinkscale was back with the first offense Wednesday at right guard after spending the first four practices of the spring primarily working the second unit. Jake Wood went from first-team right guard to second team.


  • Morgan Davis and Mike Lorenz took the vast majority of snaps with the first offense at left and right tackle, respectively. Joe Thomas, though, did take some reps at left tackle and Davis moved over for to right tackle for a small number of snaps. Lorenz worked out with the second unit at right tackle for a similarly short period of time.


  • Redshirt freshman Danny Kaye worked primarily at right tackle but also spent some time at left tackle with the second unit. Thomas took the majority of the reps at left tackle with the second unit. In addition to Lorenz, redshirt freshman Andrew Weininger filled in for Kaye as second-team right tackle.


  • The most interesting aspect of Wednesday's practice were the changes at linebacker. With Elliot Goode out for the rest of spring with a knee injury, redshirt freshman Brandon Kelly took the first-unit snaps at mike linebacker. LaMarr Watkins remains the first-team will linebacker while Paul Joran took most of the reps at sam.



  • Cribbs made a nice diving interception on a pass that James Kamoku deflected.


  • In live scrimmage drills Wednesday, the Badgers threw a barrage of swing passes and single-protection screens to tailbacks Booker Stanley and Phillip Fuller. The team also worked quite a bit on throwing to running backs in an earlier spring practice. Time will tell whether or not this work translates to more involvement in the passing game for the running backs next fall.


  • Stanley and Fuller each looked fluid in the open field as pass receivers and had their share of big gains.


  • One of Fuller's better catch-and-run's was due in large part to a great kickout block by Joe Thomas.


  • Brett Bell, who worked out solely with the second defense at one cornerback spot, made one of the afternoon's best plays, drilling walk-on receiver Matt Ironside and jarring the ball loose to break up a pass.


  • Tight end Kurt Ware split the defense on a seam route and would have gone the distance on a long pass-and-catch had the south end zone been useable.


  • In full scrimmage work near the end of practice, receiver Jonathan Orr made a nice play on a touchdown pass from quarterback John Stocco. Orr ran a corner route and found a gap in the zone between cornerback Scott Starks and safety Robert Brooks and managed to keep his feet inbounds despite receiving hits from both players.


  • Fuller scored on a tough, short touchdown run on the next full scrimmage possession, working with the second offense.


  • Regarding the stadium remodeling: The reconfigured east side of Camp Randall Stadium looks like new with the luxury boxes above the grandstand and the previously open southeast corner of the stadium enclosed with seating and the future football offices.

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