Per NCAA rules, the Badgers practiced in helmets, shorts and jerseys and will do so again Thursday afternoon. Still, UW did some light contact 7 on 7 and 11 on 11 work.
First glance at the depth:
True to expectations, John Stocco took the bulk of the reps with the first-team offense.
Tyler Donovan took the majority of the reps with the second offense and worked in with the first team.
Third-team quarterback Bryan Savage worked in with the second team.
The fourth and fifth quarterbacks are true freshmen Dustin Sherer and walk-on Matt Morrison.
Craig Meier, who walked on to the team last season, is transferring to Madison Area Technical College to play baseball.
Brian Calhoun was the featured back with the first-team offense.
Booker Stanley did not practice. He is serving a two-practice suspension for a violation of UW's student-athlete discipline policy. Stanley, though, did watch part of practice from the sidelines.
True freshman P.J. Hill, who was expected to play fullback, was the next tailback in the mix.
Four-year starter Matt Bernstein, of course, took the bulk of the first-team reps.
Josh Balts, listed No. 3 on the official depth chart, was on the list of players who will not take part in fall camp. However, Balts was on the practice field Wednesday, though not in uniform.
Jeff Holzbauer will not take part in fall camp after injuring his groin and hamstring while water skiing.
Joe Walker is on the list of players who will not take part in fall camp.
Weininger is listed on the official depth chart as a backup left tackle, but he finished the spring playing guard, so this really is not a position change.
VandenHeuvel and Kemp are true freshmen and are officially listed at a combined 656 pounds.
Center Luke Knauf and tackle Mike Van Someren fill out the depth. True freshman walk-ons Mike Lenzendorf (6-1, 260) and Dirk Watters (6-2, 245) are also listed as offensive linemen.
True freshman walk-on Brian Behnke is playing defensive end.
Mark Gorman is on the list of those who will not take part in camp.
Beckum also saw some reps on a blended second-team corps with Neal and Crane.
Elliot Goode played mike on what could be called a fourth-team grouping. Victor Meckstroth filled in at sam on this unit, while Ben Landgraf played will. Landgraf also played some sam with the third team.
- Jarvis Minton was very sharp. He made several impressive catches along the sideline. He also had a very good catch on a deep pass from John Stocco, where he elevated over a cornerback to haul in the pass.
- Bryan Savage threw the best deep ball of the day, completing a 60-yard pass to Brandon White.
- It was only the first day, but few passes hit the turf in 7 on 7 and 11 on 11 work.
- Jonathan Orr tripped on his way down the sideline as he tried to adjust to an under-thrown deep pass. But a little later in practice he hauled in about a 55-yard catch, separating relatively easily from the corner to make the play.
- Owen Daniels put his tight end record-setting 40 time (4.68 seconds) to good use and got open seemingly at will over the middle.
- Shane Carter had the day's only interception during 11 on 11 work.
- Tyler Donovan displayed a glimpse of his athletic potential at quarterback, scrambling away from defensive tackle Justin Ostrowski and spinning past a linebacker near the line of scrimmage to pick up a few extra yards.
- Cornerback Brett Bell, wide receiver Brandon Williams, tailback Jamil Walker, fullback Chris Pressley and linebacker Dontez Sanders, all of whom missed all or most of the spring with various injuries, ran with no hint of ill effects Wednesday.