Fall camp report: Aug 15 PM

News and notes from Wisconsin's Monday evening practice

The University of Wisconsin football team capped off its first day of two-a-days with a nearly two-hour practice Monday night, under the lights at Camp Randall Stadium. The team practiced in helmets and shoulder pads and did not conduct any full tackle work.

  • Marcus Randle El is having a fine fall training camp. He is catching nearly everything thrown his way and is getting open with regularity. His forte has been the short-to-intermediate routes, but Monday night he also got behind the defense for a 70-yard touchdown reception.
  • Brandon Williams had a very good practice and is having a pretty good camp. The team's No. 1 receiver, Williams caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from quarterback John Stocco during a controlled two-minute drill. He also made a really nice run after a catch, following which he admonished the defensive backs who took a while to catch him.
  • Dontez Sanders added another interception to his fall camp portfolio and for the second time this summer he returned it for a touchdown.
  • Both true freshman cornerbacks — Shane Carter and Prince Moody — took their turn with the second-team defense Monday.
  • Quarterback Tyler Donovan's mid-range pass to Jarvis Minton became a huge gain when Minton cut quickly to evade a defender and made a move up field for what would have been a 70-yard score in a live scrimmage.
  • Mark Zalewski made a very nice play to force Jerry Butler to the sideline. Butler may have gotten back to the line of scrimmage on the play.
  • Paul Hubbard, who has been quiet this fall, made a very nice catch on a Tyler Donovan pass. Hubbard had to set and extend for the pass and he plucked it out of the air.
  • That said the defensive line was pretty much teeing off for a while Monday night. With the offense focusing on passing the ball in segments, the defensive linemen were able to win a lot of battles and get considerable pressure on each of the quarterbacks, which contributed to a so-so evening for the signal callers. The defensive line is typically ahead of the offensive line at this point in camp, and this was not nearly as pronounced as it was a year ago at this time, or as it was in the spring, when the offensive line was manhandled at times.
  • True freshman quarterback Dustin Sherer appears to have a good command of the offense and his progressions, especially for a player who just has seven practices under his belt. Sherer is making his share of mistakes but has played well for the most part. He can put good zip on his passes and he delivers them with a nice touch.
  • Brandon Williams, Jarvis Minton and Jerry Butler all worked as kick returners. Williams, Brian Calhoun, Marcus Randle El and Butler served as punt returners.
  • Booker Stanley was a protector, or the second deep back, for some of the kick return reps. Zach Hampton, who served in this role last season, also practiced there Monday.
  • Defensive tackle Jeff Stehle continues to have a pretty good camp and looks like he might be able to stay "in the depth" this season. A true freshman, Stehle is plenty physical and has a good burst off the line. He pressured a quarterback into throwing an interception during 11-on-11 work. Second-team sam linebacker Casey Hogan picked off that pass.
  • Strong safety Johnny White has been much improved in his pass defense this fall, but during the morning practice Monday he was beat on a long pass. White made up for it Monday night, however, with a pair of pass breakups and an interception.
  • Walk-on reserve receiver Luke Swan had at least four receptions Monday evening.
  • Tyler Donovan had a nice scramble for a first down.
  • LaMarr Watkins had a 1 ½ ‘practice sacks'. He shared one quarterback stop with defensive end Matt Shaughnessy.

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