Football Camp Analysis from Day 1

Football camp has begun and BN's Eric Schmoldt was in attendance for Monday's practice. Read about what he saw.

The University of Wisconsin football team opened up its Fall Camp Monday afternoon, practicing for about two hours at Camp Randall. The team practiced without pads, instead donning jerseys, shorts and helmets. Much of the practice included position-by-position drills but also saw some seven-on-seven action leading up to a light contact scrimmage.


No surprise at the depth here, with John Stocco firmly cemented in the first team. The third-year starter had an up-and-down afternoon. He threw three interceptions, but to his credit, bounced right back each time.

There were six Badgers wearing the green shirts to open camp. Tyler Donovan and Dustin Sherer took the second and third string reps, while freshmen Scott Tolzien, Maurice Moore and Tyler Fishbune each played sparingly.

Fishbune, a fresh name to the 105-man roster, is listed as 6-foot-3, 185 pounds and hails from St. Charles, Ill.

Running Backs

While the running back position should prove to be the most intriguing, it will not really get interesting until the players put on the pads.

Much of the practice included the backs working more on the receiving end, as the offense worked on setting up screens and passes in the flat.

During the scrimmage, Chris Pressley hauled in an offering and rumbled down the sideline, throwing in a stiff arm along the way.

Wide Receivers

The receiving corps should be another interesting position with a strong freshman class.

All of the newcomers saw action, but Marcus Randle El, Luke Swan and Jarvis Minton saw the most time. Randle El got off to a slow start, but made up for it later on. On one play in particular, he beat Allen Langford on a deep ball down the right side.

Jarmal Ruffin made a great sideline snag during early receiving drills. Stocco had a chance to hook up with Minton on a deep ball, but overthrew him by five yards.

Tight Ends

Former quarterback Sean Lewis had a busy afternoon as he saw action along with Andy Crooks and Travis Beckum.

Although Lewis dropped a ball early during seven-on-seven action, he made up for it by beating Jaevery McFadden later on.

McFadden and Culmer St. Jean were both listed on the roster as tight ends, but lined up at the linebacker position on Monday.

Offensive Line

All eyes were waiting to see Joe Thomas. The senior left tackle, who underwent surgery after injuring his ACL in the Capital One Bowl, was cleared to practice after a Sunday doctor's appointment and participated in all drills and scrimmages with no apparent pain.

He lined up with Andy Kemp, Eric Vanden Heuvel, Kraig Urbik and Marcus Coleman on the first team.

Mike Van Someren, Danny Kaye, Andrew Weininger, Jake Bscherer and Luke Knauf saw action behind them.

Defensive Line

Matthew Shaughnessy and Jamal Cooper also returned from their knee injuries to join arguably the deepest position for UW. Nick Hayden, Jason Chapman, Kurt Ware, Terrance Jamison, Justin Ostrowski and others joined them.

Cooper and Shaughnessy showed off their speed and Hayden, the only lineman to start every game last year, energized the unit when he picked off a screen pass during the scrimmage.


Jonathan Casillas, Mark Zalewski and DeAndre Levy made up the first-team unit to start camp. It didn't take long for Zalewski to announce his presence as he intercepted a Stocco pass through traffic on the third play of seven-on-seven action.

McFadden, St. Jean and Elijah Hodge took reps with the second team.

One noticeable absence was Casey Hogan, who broke his leg against Northwestern last season. Head coach Bret Bielema said after practice that Hogan re-injured that leg in a softball accident last week and would require surgery. He will not participate in Fall Camp.

Defensive Backs

Free safety Roderick Rogers probably had the best day out of any Badger on Day One.

On a pass intended for Deondrae Jenkins, the senior showed off some athleticism, going up and stealing the ball from the freshman who was on an out route during seven-on-seven play. Rogers was just getting started.

Two plays later he broke up a pass and later, in scrimmage action, snagged his second pick of the day on a pass intended for Randle El.

Jack Ikegwuonu, Joe Stellmacher and Allen Langford joined him on the first team. Ben Strickland, Shane Carter and Zach Hampton also saw action.

Johnny White participated early, but landed awkwardly during a defensive backs drill, apparently injuring his hand. He was attended to and taken to the trainer's room for further evaluation.

Special Teams

This unit did not see a lot of action outside of a few looks at punt returners. Randle El, Xavier Harris, Hampton and Brian McCulliss each took turns fielding punts—though not actually attempting to return them.

The Badgers will practice again Tuesday at Camp Randall, their second day in helmet-only action. Wednesday and Thursday will see the Badgers add shoulder pads before practicing for the first time in full pads on Friday.

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