Fall camp report: Aug. 19 AM

News and notes from the Badgers' Friday morning workout

The University of Wisconsin practiced in helmets and shoulder pads Friday morning, and took part in 9-on-9, 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 sessions, in addition to drills.

  • Both first-team quarterback John Stocco and backup Tyler Donovan threw the ball with good command Friday morning. They were very good during 7-on-7 work but were foiled by a plague of dropped passes from the receiving corps.
    • After a couple of dump offs to running backs, Stocco threw two nice mid-range passes but each was dropped. Tyler Donovan then took his turn and should have had three straight completions, but he also was the victim of two drops. Dropped passes were problem throughout practice, and several receivers were to blame.
    • Not every pass hit the ground, though. Stocco threw a very nice pass to the right side to tailback Brian Calhoun, who caught the ball in stride and continued on towards the sideline.
    • Third-team quarterback Dustin Sherer was 3 of 5 during 7-on-7 work after going 4-for-4 Thursday. Sherer, though, was picked off by strong safety Joe Stellmacher Friday morning.
  • Starting sam linebacker Mark Zalewski took snaps at mike linebacker with the first-team defense.
  • True freshmen linebackers Travis Beckum (sam), Elijah Hodge (mike) and DeAndre Levy (will) continue to receive considerable work in the rotation with the second-team defense. So far, the most impressive of the freshmen linebackers has been Hodge. O'Brien Schofield also received some work at sam.
  • True freshman strong safety Aubrey Pleasant played a series with the second-team defense, spelling Joe Stellmacher.
  • During 11-on-11 work, cornerback Allen Langford, working with the first-team defense, broke up a pass intended for Jarvis Minton along the sideline.
  • Newkirk registered a practice sack.
  • Thursday afternoon Shane Carter's fierce hit on tailback Booker Stanley during a red zone drill drew a raucous celebration from his defensive teammates and a rave review from head coach Barry Alvarez. Friday morning, however, Carter felt the other end of the deal, when left tackle Joe Thomas lit him up while blocking for a screen play.
  • The injury to defensive tackle Justin Ostrowski caused some juggling within the defensive line depth, and one beneficiary appears to be Gino Cruse. The redshirt freshman has been getting more consistent reps with the second-team defense and has shown signs of responding the past two days. He had a tackle for loss Friday when he burst through the line to stop a running play.
  • Nick Hayden has stepped up his play. The starting defensive tackle made a fine play to chase Tyler Donovan toward the sideline during an 11-on-11 session, forcing the quarterback to go out of bounds near the line of scrimmage.
  • Linebackers LaMarr Watkins and Dontez Sanders combined for a practice sack. Sanders also combined with end Jamal Cooper for a tackle for loss.
  • Matt Shaughnessy continues to impress. He stayed home to stop a reverse during 11-on-11 work, and one play later pressured Tyler Donovan into a rushed throw and an incompletion.
  • Zalewski had a practice sack and soon thereafter put the heat on quarterback John Stocco. But despite Zalewski's shove as he threw the ball, Stocco got off a nice pass to Owen Daniels over the middle.
  • Brandon Kelly recovered a fumble and had a practice sack.
  • Stocco made a very strong throw while scrambling to his right, delivering the ball to tight end Jason Pociask.
  • Receiver Jonathan Orr made a very nice catch during a situational 11-on-11 drill. On a third-and-six at the 29, Orr hit the turf and scooped out a pass from Stocco at the 44.
  • A few plays later, on a second-and-10 situation, Stocco found Brandon Williams for a gain of 14. Williams has been the team's most consistent and effective wide receiver throughout fall camp.
  • Fullback Chris Pressley crushed linebacker Travis Beckum to spring a running back for a big gain during 11-on-11 work. In the 9-on-9 segment, Pressley knocked defensive end Jamal Cooper off his feet with another block.

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