Spring practice report, March 29

News and notes from practice No. 9

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Wisconsin worked out for one hour and 45 minutes Monday. The practice consisted primarily of controlled scrimmages, with less full-contact work then during the weekend practices.


  • Dwayne Smith received the bulk of the work with he first team at tailback the past two practices. Smith looks a little faster and niftier this spring than during last season.


  • Reggie Cribbs took all of the reps with the first unit at mike linebacker Monday, with Brandon Kelly playing solely at the No. 2 spot.



  • Jonathan Orr had a very strong practice, continuing with what has been a fine spring. Orr made three long touchdown catches and also made a nice play on a deep out to get separation from the corner and keep his feet in bounds.


  • Tyler Donovan threw a beautiful deep pass on one of Orr's long touchdown receptions.


  • John Stocco is the clear-cut No. 1 quarterback currently. His arm strength is evident in the short passing game and he has good athleticism. August is still a long ways away, but the young quarterbacks chasing him have a gap to bridge. 


  • Cornerback Scott Starks missed practice due to a class conflict and Levonne Rowan sat out scrimmage work, leaving Brett Bell, Chuckie Cowans and Strickland in rotation with the first defense. Jameson Davis and Johnny Sylvain worked out with the second defense due to the player absences, giving Davis the most scrimmage reps he has seen since the first two practices of the spring. The freshman made his best play of spring too Monday, drilling Brandon Tobias to break up a short pass along the sideline.


  • Owen Daniels lined up as an inline tight end in 7-on-7 drills, then played slot receiver and split end in 3-receiver packages with the first offense. He made a pair of tough catches over the middle in situational scrimmaging.


  • Zach Hampton received a handful or reps with the second defense at free safety Monday. He has worked with the No. 2 group sparingly this spring.


  • Danny Kaye has made large strides since last fall and looks like a dependable No. 2 left tackle behind Joe Thomas.

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