Fall camp report: Aug. 23

News and notes from the Badgers' Tuesday afternoon workout

The University of Wisconsin football team practiced for more than two hours at Camp Randall Stadium Tuesday afternoon.

  • During 11-on-11 team work, second-team free safety Zach Hampton had consecutive interceptions. On the first, a pass sailed too high for receiver Brandon White and landed in Hampton's arms. On the next play Hampton stepped in front of a pass for his second straight pick.
  • DeAndre Levy made one of the plays of the day. During 9-on-9 work the true freshman will linebacker took on Chris Pressley in the hole and staggered the big fullback backwards, stunting a running play.
  • Monday, Levy and classmates Elijah Hodge (mike) and Travis Beckum (sam) were on the scout team when the Badgers broke up the roster to prepare for Bowling Green. Tuesday, however, they were on the side of the field with the ‘depth', though they spent the session on the sideline observing. Casey Hogan, Ben Landgraf and Josh Neal, who had been the second-team linebackers during this time Monday, were down with the scouts Tuesday. Paul Joran also shifted from the scouts to the depth.
  • Beckum and Levy continue to play the bulk of the reps with the second team during team work, while Hodge is rotating with Neal.
  • While the depth at linebacker remains in flux, the top four are clear. Mark Zalewski has been exceptional at the mike linebacker spot and Dontez Sanders has shown improvement at will. LaMarr Watkins has been rejuvenated since moving into the sam spot Zalewski formerly occupied. In running situations or against more run-oriented teams, however, Andy Crooks is expected to step in at mike, with Zalewski sliding back to sam.
  • Though to a lesser extent then he did Monday, free safety Roderick Rogers again doubled as a reserve cornerback.
  • True freshman strong safety Jonathan Casillas has missed almost all of camp after breaking his right foot prior to the start of practice. But Casillas had the boot removed from his foot late last week and he did some light jogging on the field Sunday and Monday. Tuesday, Casillas was in with the scout defense and ran without any sign of favoring the injury. He was held out of contact work.
  • In 7-on-7 play quarterback John Stocco threw a very nice deep ball to Jonathan Orr, who caught the pass some 45 yards from the line of scrimmage.
  • Williams continues to have a very good camp. He also caught a 22-yard pass from Stocco.
  • Not only is Williams the team's best receiver, he is growing more and more secure as the punt and kick returner.
  • Marcus Randle El made a circus catch along the left sideline, leaping up and snagging a pass one-handed as he fended off Ben Strickland.
  • Brett Bell had a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in one play during an 11-on-11 segment.
  • Eric Vanden Heuvel, Andy Kemp and Marcus Coleman continued to back up the starters on the offensive line during scout time.
  • The Badgers ran a red zone session with live tackling.
    • The first offense opened the segment against the first defense and went three plays without gaining a yard. The line did a very good job to pick up a blitz on first down, but the coverage in the secondary was even better and quarterback John Stocco was forced to throw the ball away. A couple more incomplete passes led a 37-yard field goal attempt for Taylor Mehlhaff. He drilled it.
    • The second offense then took the field against the second defense and had less success. Defensive tackle Mike Newkirk stopped Jerry Butler for a loss of two. A pair of incomplete passes thrown by Tyler Donovan, one of which was dropped, led to a field goal attempt, but Adam Schober was wide left from 39 yards.
    • The offense, though, made short work of their defensive counterparts on three of the next four series. On second-and-eight from the 18, Stocco found Booker Stanley for a touchdown reception. Then, on the first play of the second offense's second series, Dywon Rowan bulled over Travis Beckum and rambled in for a touchdown from 20 yards out. The second offense remained on the field, but a pair of incomplete passes sandwiched a 3-yard run by Butler.
    • On the first play of the last series in the red zone segment, Stocco found Jonathan Orr for a 20-yard touchdown connection.
  • When Roderick Rogers batted a pass just a few yards from the line of scrimmage, he probably did not expect Brian Calhoun to turn it into a big play. The deflected ball, though, popped into the air behind Rogers, where Calhoun caught it maybe eights yards past the line of scrimmage. He then turned up field and burst into the clear; he may have scored what would have been a 75-yard touchdown had the play been entirely live.
  • Mark Zalewski ‘tackled' Jerry Butler for a loss during an 11-on-11 segment.
  • Backup strong safety James Kamoku played some tailback with the scout offense.
  • Josh Neal had a tackle for loss during 9-on-9 work.


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