Fall camp report: Aug. 16

News and notes from Tuesday's afternoon practice

The University of Wisconsin football team practiced for more than two hours on a warm, sunny afternoon at Camp Randall Stadium Tuesday.

  • The Badgers' coaching staff has discussed playing true freshman Shane Carter at safety, but before Tuesday Carter had been purely a cornerback. However, this afternoon he played free safety in some drill sessions. He rotated in with the second defense at cornerback and was the third-team free safety. Carter has played well for the most part through the first week of camp, displaying good athleticism and instincts on the field. He is learning to be more consistent and looks like he may be a candidate for playing time in the nickel and dime. Carter, who broke up a pass in an 11-on-11 segment Tuesday, and redshirt freshman Antonio Freeman are the only cornerbacks with an interception during camp.
  • With Carter receiving reps at free safety with the third-team secondary, redshirt freshman Jameson Davis was moved back to corner and worked in with the second and third teams. Davis began his UW career as a cornerback but has played primarily safety since the spring.
  • While taking a turn with the first-team defense during 9-on-9 work, second-team mike linebacker Josh Neal made an impressive play to wrap up Brian Calhoun in the backfield. Neal took a good angle down the line and got a hold of Calhoun before he could turn the corner.
    • On the preceding play, Calhoun took advantage of an excellent block from Jason Palermo, who had pulled from his guard spot to displace first-team mike linebacker Andy Crooks.
    • Back in the action a short while later, though, it was Crooks turn to register a tackle for loss.
  • Tight end Owen Daniels is unlikely ever to be a mauling run blocker, but he is more than willing and has shown improvement from last year. He made a very nice block on freshman safety Aubrey Pleasant and held the point long enough to spring Booker Stanley into the secondary.
  • Stanley has played well in camp and looked sharp Tuesday. The scrimmage sessions were non-tackle Tuesday, but Stanley had a run of about 10 yards off left tackle when he made a good, sharp cut through the hole and burst to the second level. Stanley has picked up where he left off in the spring; he appears to be showing a better burst than he had during the 2004 season, when he was hampered by a turf toe injury.
  • Tyler Donovan rebounded from a rough patch in practice. He opened a red zone segment with an ill advised pass that strong safety Joe Stellmacher nearly intercepted. On the next play, free safety Zach Hampton picked Donovan off for the second time in the afternoon's work. However, Donovan bounced back, threading the needle between Hampton and Josh Neal for a touchdown to receiver Luke Swan. Donovan swung a pass out to fullback Matt Bernstein for a touchdown, completed a pass to fullback Chris Pressley and threw a very nice ball in the back of the end zone to receiver Paul Hubbard for another touchdown.
  • During 7-on-7 work, Donovan found receiver Marcus Randle El for a 76-yard touchdown pass.
    • Randle El caught a about 40-yard pass from John Stocco later in practice.
  • Roderick Rogers and Aubrey Pleasant had pass breakups in 7-on-7 work.
  • Starting quarterback John Stocco completed a 43-yard pass to Brandon Williams and threw a nice ball to Brandon White for a long completion along the sideline.
    • Stocco also hooked up with tailback Brian Calhoun in the flat for a gain of about 16 before Rogers caught up to him.
  • Joe Thomas is one of the best left tackles in the nation and he has set a personal goal of never allowing a sack this year. But Tuesday, true freshman defensive end Matt Shaughnessy beat Thomas during 11-on-11 work and got a "sack", of the one-hand-touch variety, on Stocco. Shaughnessy's physical ability has been very impressive. He has been working with the second-team defense and will be a prime candidate for playing time as a situational pass rusher this year.
    • Shaughnessy had a second practice sack later in the afternoon.
  • Jason Chapman and Andy Crooks combined for a ‘sack' during 11-on-11 work.
  • Linebacker LaMarr Watkins, who has played will linebacker since training camp last year, rotated behind Casey Hogan with the second team at sam linebacker Tuesday. Watkins still spent time at will linebacker, with the second and third defenses. Prior to 2004, Watkins was a strongside linebacker at Wisconsin.
  • True freshman quarterback Dustin Sherer had another very impressive practice. He completed a pair of passes to tight end Sean Lewis and another to Luke Swan to successfully convert on third-down situations. The streak was stopped when true freshman defensive end Terrance Jamison knocked down a pass at the line of scrimmage.

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