Fall camp report: Aug. 26

News and notes from the Badgers' final practice of fall training camp

The University of Wisconsin football team concluded fall training camp today at Camp Randall Stadium. The Badgers had a complete practice this morning, news and notes from which follow. UW had a closed-door walk through scheduled for this afternoon, prior to breaking camp.

  • With the first game just more than a week away the tempo and intensity, among players and coaches, went up a notch Friday morning. There was a palpable anticipation for the season's first game week.
  • The Badgers continued to cycle several defensive backs through spots in the nickel, but the predominant first-team group Friday included Brett Bell and Levonne Rowan at cornerback, Johnny White and Roderick Rogers at safety and Jack Ikegwuonu as the nickel back. Zach Hampton saw a regular rotation with the first team at safety and Shane Carter also worked in with the first team at safety or nickel back. The versatility of Rogers, Hampton and Carter, all of whom can play free safety or cornerback, gives the Badgers a good deal of flexibility in the secondary.
  • Hampton had an interception Friday morning.
  • Matt Shaughnessy received considerable reps with the first team at defensive end.
  • DeAndre Levy, again on the second team at will linebacker and nickel linebacker, had an interception Friday.
  • Tyler Donovan connected with receiver Paul Hubbard for what would have been a 75-yard touchdown in a completely live situation. Hubbard made a play on the ball between two defensive backs and sprinted into the open field.
  • Kurt Ware spent most of Friday on the second team at defensive end, but he also played some defensive tackle. While playing end in an 11-on-11 segment, Ware pressured Tyler Donovan into an overthrow.
  • Soon thereafter, Donovan found Jarvis Minton over the middle. Minton outran a corner and would have scored a 77-yard touchdown without the whistle.
  • Donovan also broke containment on a scramble and picked up about 15 yards.
  • John Stocco delivered a nice pass to Jason Pociask on the sideline, getting the ball to him on time, which allowed the senior tight end to continue his progress up field and pick up about five more yards before a pair of defensive backs drew near and the whistle blew.

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