Fall camp report: Aug 17 PM

News and notes from the Badgers' Wednesday afternoon practice

The University of Wisconsin practiced Wednesday afternoon at Camp Randall Stadium in "half packs" (helmets and shoulder pads). For the most part, scrimmage sessions were sans pass rush and the tempo was about half speed after a particularly lively morning workout.

  • Brett Bell has come back fine after having surgery in January to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. But as a precautionary measure the Badgers are holding him out of some scrimmage sessions. As a result, players like Allen Langford and Shane Carter have been getting reps with the first-team defense. Each has responded well, with Langford in particular picking up his play in recent practices. Langford had a pair of pass breakups Wednesday afternoon.
  • Carter has been steady throughout camp. The true freshman has made more plays than any other corner thus far. He is playing primarily with the second team. Carter had two pass breakups during the Wednesday afternoon practice, though he probably should have intercepted one of them.
  • Another corner who has received a window of opportunity is redshirt freshman Antonio Freeman. An excellent athlete, Freeman struggled his first year to adapt to playing corner after being an outside linebacker in high school. But he has made some big strides this fall. He still has plenty to clean up, but Freeman is starting to make plays and show some more comfort with the position. He had two interceptions Wednesday afternoon. He made a good break on a pass along the sideline to pick it off before it could get to Brandon White. And he intercepted one that bounded off a receiver's hands.
  • The offense had a tough time by and large Wednesday afternoon, with little rhythm or effectiveness in the passing game.
  • Hodge, playing mike linebacker, joined true freshman classmate Travis Beckum, a sam linebacker, with the third-team defense.
  • Kurt Ware saw reps at defensive tackle with the second defense, rotating in with Gino Cruse. When Ware played tackle, Brandon Kelly filled in for him at defensive end.
  • Corner Prince Moody, who worked in with the second defense, had two pass breakups.
  • During a scripted 11-on-11 segment late in practice, receiver Luke Swan caught four of Tyler Donovan's five straight completions. The walk-on Swan is pretty far down on the depth chart, but he has shown very good hands in fall camp. Paul Hubbard caught the other pass in that sequence.
  • Hubbard also caught a deep pass from Donovan.
  • In addition to their interceptions, Dontez Sanders and Joe Stellmacher had pass break ups.
  • Towards the end of practice, sophomore kicker Taylor Mehlhaff knocked through a 36-yard field goal. Redshirt freshman kicker Adam Schober appeared to sneak one through from 25 yards out.

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