Spring practice report, April 3

News and notes from Wisconsin's Saturday morning practice

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  • Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Justin Ostrowski has had an excellent spring. He has been very active and has fared well, especially when pass rushing. In scrimmage work Saturday he had a sack and combined with linebacker John Gillen to stuff Booker Stanley four yards deep in the backfield.

 

  • Wisconsin spent considerable time working under game conditions Saturday, complete with officials patrolling Camp Randall Stadium. At one point, consecutive drives stalled inside the 20 and kicker Mike Allen made 1 of 2 field goals from about 30 yards out.

 

  • Quarterback John Stocco has been consistently praised by coaches and teammates for his leadership, poise, decision-making and arm strength this spring. He has looked sharp on short and intermediate passes throughout the spring, but has struggled at times to connect on deep throws. That was not the case Saturday when he threw his most impressive pass of the spring, an 80-yard touchdown connection with Brandon White. Stocco's pass traveled about 55 yards in the air and White did the rest.

 

  • Owen Daniels had an impressive day. The tight end made a leaping catch along the sideline with Levonne Rowan draped all over him, taking a hit at the end and managing to get a foot inbounds. Later in practice, he outmuscled Ben Strickland for a jump ball in the end zone, made the touchdown reception and drew a pass interference penalty on Strickland.

 

  • Nonetheless, Strickland, who continues to work with the second defense, had another very strong practice. In scrimmage work, he made a lunging pass breakup. He also took down Tyler Donovan for a loss as the quarterback tried to turn the corner while running a naked bootleg.

 

  • Kalvin Barrett is developing into a fine defensive tackle, but he could not have enjoyed getting stuck in coverage against Daniels. Barrett had dropped off in coverage on a zone blitz, but the offensive line picked up the pressure, giving Daniels time to run a drag route past Barrett and into the open field for a large gain.

 

  • Brandon Tobias' has had an inconsistent spring. Saturday, though, he made a pair of tough catches on slant routes.

 

 

  • Zach Hampton intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown. Rowan corralled an interception in traffic.

 

 

  • Dwayne Smith has looked very good in his six practices this spring after returning from a suspension. Always a powerful runner he appears to have improved his ability to turn the corner and get down field in a hurry. 

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