The depth remained unchanged, with John Stocco taking the bulk of reps with the first team and Tyler Donovan predominantly working with the second offense. Bryan Savage handled third team duties and worked in with the second unit.
Savage displayed his powerful throwing arm throughout practice. During a 7-on-7 session, Savage hooked up with wideout Luke Swan for several nice completions, including a blistering throw on a deep out. Savage also displayed a good rhythm on a slant pass to Jonathan Orr.
Donovan continues to show significant improvement from bowl workouts. He looked very good on the move Wednesday, throwing a dart while sprinting out to his right. He also scrambled for some nice gains during the scrimmage sessions.
Donovan made one of his best throws of this spring late in the scrimmage session, throwing a perfectly thrown post route to Swan for a long touchdown pass.
Stocco had an on-and-off practice, but he did deliver a nice pass in traffic to Jarvis Minton.
Brian Calhoun repeatedly flashed his quality hands, both out of the backfield and while split out wide. Calhoun also lined up as a slot receiver.
On one pass reception, Calhoun found himself wide open on a short curl. After he caught the ball he darted into the open field for a big gain.
Calhoun and junior Booker Stanley continued to split time at tailback with the first unit. Calhoun again displayed his speed, getting around the edge for a long run.
Stanley has been a gritty competitor this spring. Throughout spring the Badgers have indulged in a 1-on-1 "Oklahoma" drill that pits an offensive player against a defensive player. The offensive player attempts to drive block the defensive player, who attempts to bull rush his offensive teammate. The drill typically ends up being a series of short-burst 1-on-1 quasi-wrestling matches, with the players trying to knock each other backwards and onto the turf. Stanley has stood out in the drill. He does not always get the better of his man, but the sheer tenacity with which he is delivering his hits has carried over to the practice field, where he has refused to go down without a fight.
Sophomore Chris Pressley again spent some time at tailback.
Jarvis Minton stood out, with several highlight reel quality catches, including a circus style catch on the left sideline. Stocco hit Minton on a crisply run slant pattern during 7-on-7 drills, and the two hooked up for a completion on a route down the seam, a play on which Minton made a leaping, twisting catch over a pair of defenders.
Minton also showed good concentration on a short out route, when he held onto the ball despite falling to the turf as he extended for it.
Jonathan Orr made a diving catch on the right sideline as well during the 7-on-7 session. Fellow senior Brandon White also made several catches while working with the first team.
Paul Hubbard made a good play on a pass on a curl route.
Owen Daniels made some nice blocks against the first team defense, including a play in which he pulled from the wing and sealed the edge, helping the tailback cut in off tackle.
Former quarterback Sean Lewis excelled in the drill, taking his man to the ground on one occasion. The 6-foot-7 Lewis ran a nice corner route later in the practice for a completion from Savage.
The depth remained unchanged. Andy Kemp and Marcus Coleman continue to serve as second-team guards behind starting left guard Matt Lawrence and starting right guard Jason Palermo, though Kemp spent some time with the first team when Lawrence slid over to left tackle for a few series
Coleman had a strong practice, putting forth a dominant effort in position drills.
Redshirt freshman Jason Chapman, who had previously worked primarily at tackle, spent most of the practice at end. Chapman also drew praise from defensive line coach John Palermo during individual drills.
Several players rotated on the second team defense, with redshirt freshman Joshua Neal and senior Elliot Goode each seeing time at mike, though Neal played the majority of the time.
First-team sam linebacker Mark Zalewski forced John Stocco to rush a throw harmlessly into the turf with a fierce blitz off the edge.
Rowan made a nice one-handed pass break up on a ball intended for Orr.
Allen Langford also broke up a pass.