Fall camp report: Aug. 13

News and notes from the Badgers' fourth practice of training camp

The University of Wisconsin practiced for more than two hours on a cloudy Saturday morning at Camp Randall Stadium. It was the second NCAA-mandated day in helmets and shorts, before donning full pads Sunday.

  • Brandon Williams has been very steady through practice and is running well despite overcoming a stress fracture in his shin that held him out of almost all of spring practices. Saturday, he got behind the defense and caught a deep pass in stride from quarterback John Stocco for a long touchdown reception.
  • Second-team quarterback Tyler Donovan had an impressive string of passes in 7-on-7 work. He completed a deep post to receiver Brandon White, who made a strong catch with Levonne Rowan in tight coverage. Donovan then hooked up with White again, this time deep down the sideline. He capped the streak with a throw over the middle to Marcus Randle El, who made a nice extension to snag the pass.
  • Josh Neal received most of the work with the second defense at mike linebacker and also worked in a few series with the first offense.
  • Freshman defensive end Matt Shaughnessy played often with the second defense and held up well. He has good quickness and strength. Shaughnessy can stand up lineman versus the run, and already has some decent counter moves to get past them.
  • Picking up where they left off in the spring, sam linebackers Mark Zalewski and Casey Hogan have been impressive as pass rushers. Will linebacker Jammar Crane also has potential in this regard. Crane has a nice burst and can cover a lot of ground for a linebacker.
  • Left tackle Joe Thomas has been absolutely dominant early in camp, both run blocking and pass blocking.
  • Jonathan Orr shortened up a route and made a good play on a deep pass from quarterback John Stocco. Orr has made his share of plays in camp thus far, but he still needs to be more consistent.
  • After catching a pass, tailback P.J. Hill made a really nifty move at the goal line to freeze a linebacker and find the end zone. Hill had some shaky moments in pass blocking, but for a true freshman in his fourth practice he looked decent in this regard as well. On one play he picked up a blitz and emphatically stood up LaMarr Watkins.
  • Owen Daniels made a very nice block on Shaughnessy to help clear a hole for tailback Jamil Walker, who continues to enjoy a strong camp. Walker had an 8-yard touchdown run during red zone work.
  • Jerry Butler had the beginnings of a very good looking run during 11-on-11 work, but his feet got ahead of him and he stumbled to the turf. Before that, however, Butler did a nice job of picking his way through the hole.
  • Strong safety Johnny White made the play of the deep, a lunging interception. White also broke up a pass intended for Owen Daniels.
  • Brian Calhoun continues to impress as a runner and receiver. Saturday, though, he was recipient of a hit from Rogers that jarred away a would-be touchdown pass.
  • Zach Hampton knocked a pass away from Jarvis Minton in the end zone.
  • Joe Monty continues to hold down the left defensive end job. He is not going to make many highlight reels, but he quietly gets the job done.

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