Fall camp report: Aug. 10

News and notes from the Badgers' first practice of fall training camp

The University of Wisconsin football team practiced for a little over two hours Wednesday afternoon at Camp Randall Stadium to kick off the 2005 fall training camp.

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:

Quarterbacks

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.

Tailbacks

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.

Jamil Walker and Dywon Rowan splits reps as the No. 2 tailback in Stanley's absence, though Walker appears to have the edge there.

True freshman P.J. Hill, who was expected to play fullback, was the next tailback in the mix.

The other true freshmen tailbacks, Jerry Butler and Dion Foster, received spot duty in the 11 on 11 work.

Fullbacks

Four-year starter Matt Bernstein, of course, took the bulk of the first-team reps.

Chris Pressley appears to have the early edge on Bill Rentmeester for the No. 2 fullback spot.

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.

Tight ends

Owen Daniels and Jason Pociask continued to work with the No. 1 offense.

The next tight end was senior Joel Nellis, followed by redshirt freshman Sean Lewis.

Redshirt freshman Dave Peck and true freshmen Jae McFadden and Garrett Graham filled out the rotation.

Wide receivers

The first team wide outs were Brandon Williams and Jonathan Orr.

Brandon White and Jarvis Minton served the second team.

Jeff Holzbauer will not take part in fall camp after injuring his groin and hamstring while water skiing.

Marcus Randle El, Paul Hubbard, T.J. Theus and Luke Swan were the next in line.

Joe Walker is on the list of players who will not take part in fall camp.

True freshman walk-ons Joe Molenda (6-foot-4, 225 pounds) Matt Gifford (6-1, 194) and Shane Phillips (6-1, 170) are playing wide receiver.

Offensive line

The first team offensive line was left tackle Joe Thomas, left guard Matt Lawrence, center Donovan Raiola, right guard Jason Palermo and right tackle Kraig Urbik.

The second team was left tackle Eric VandenHeuvel, left guard Andy Kemp, center Marcus Coleman, right guard Andrew Weininger and right tackle Danny Kaye.

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.

Defensive line

The first team defensive line was left end Joe Monty, left tackle Justin Ostrowski, right tackle Nick Hayden and right end Jamal Cooper.

The second team was left end Jason Chapman, left tackle Gino Cruse, right tackle Mike Newkirk and right end Kurt Ware.

The all freshman defensive line consisted of left end Terrance Jamison, left tackle Jeff Stehle, right tackle Dan Cascone and right end Matt Shaughnessy.

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.

Linebackers

The first team remained intact with mike linebacker Andy Crooks, sam Mark Zalewski and will Dontez Sanders.

The second team was mike Josh Neal, sam Casey Hogan and will LaMarr Watkins.

The third team was mike Paul Joran, sam Travis Beckum and will Jammar Crane.

The all-freshman corps saw Elijah Hodge at mike and DeAndre Levy at will. O'Brien Schofield and Beckum alternated at sam. Schofield also played some mike.

Beckum also saw some reps on a blended second-team corps with Neal and Crane.

Freshmen Jonathan Casillas and Jarmal Ruffin are opening their careers at safety. Casillas, though, is nursing a broken foot but is hopeful he will return later this month.

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.

Defensive backs

The first team was strong safety Johnny White, free safety Roderick Rogers and cornerbacks Levonne Rowan and Brett Bell.

The second team was strong safety Joe Stellmacher, free safety Zach Hampton and cornerbacks Allen Langford and Jack Ikegwuonu.

The third team was strong safety James Kamoku, free safety Jameson Davis and corners Ben Strickland and Antonio Freeman.

The all freshman corps was strong safety Aubrey Pleasant, free safety Jarmal Ruffin and corners Shane Carter and Prince Moody.

First-day highlights

  • 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.


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