Fall camp report: Aug. 24 PM

News and notes from the Badgers' Wednesday afternoon practice

The University of Wisconsin finished its last two-a-day session at Camp Randall Stadium Wednesday afternoon. The team practices again Thursday afternoon and will wrap up fall camp Friday morning. News and notes from Wednesday's afternoon practice, which was conducted in helmets and shoulder pads:

  • Jarvis Minton has had an up-and-down camp, but when he is on he looks very good. Minton caught a pass over the middle during 7-on-7 work and burst into the open field. The segment was not live, but he might have broken free into the clear if it was.
  • The true freshmen linebacker trio of Elijah Hodge, Travis Beckum and DeAndre Levy appears to have established itself as the Badgers' No. 2 unit. After considerable juggling over the course of the last week, that corps received far and away the most consistent reps with the second team Wednesday morning and afternoon. Wednesday afternoon they also began to receive a regular rotation versus the scout offense in preparation for Bowling Green.
  • On a third-and-five scenario from the 30, defensive end Kurt Ware batted down a pass.
  • During scout team work, true freshman strong safety Jonathan Casillas made a good break on a pass intended for Jarvis Minton and knocked it away. Casillas has not taken part in contact work yet but he is running very well for someone who very recently was nursing a broken foot.
  • Any number of players could win a spot in the nickel, with Jack Ikegwuonu, Allen Langford, Zach Hampton, Joe Stellmacher and Shane Carter all in the mix for playing time.
  • Carter, Hampton, Langford and Ikegwuonu all worked in with the first defense at times Wednesday afternoon.
  • Dontez Sanders and Mark Zalewski remain the linebackers in the nickel. Sanders, a pretty solid cover man last year, has improved in that regard and has looked very good in coverage during camp.

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