QB: John Stocco threw the ball with wonderful accuracy most of the day. There were a few errant throws, but the third year starter looks to be hitting his stride. He threw and connected on a few deep passes. Stocco is looking very confident in the pocket and when moving.
Tyler Donovan and Dustin Sherer continued to work behind Stocco with the second and third teams respectively. Freshmen Maurice Moore (5-11 165), who was recruited by many schools to play a position other than QB, practiced as a wide receiver and punt returner, as well as quarterback. The shifty Moore has that 'flash' that people look for in a player. "He likes to have the ball in his hands", said Coach Bret Bielema after practice.
RB: Coaches were stressing ball control in practice today. There was an emphasis on making sure players know that having the ball in your hands will make it easier to create a play.
Leadership from upperclassmen is starting to provide dividends for younger players, as P.J. Hill was helping out freshmen Lance Smith with detail of certain plays. Smith took the information and a few plays later got the handoff, made a great cut and burst into the secondary. At the end of practice Coach Bielema was clearly happy about how the upperclassmen have been bringing along the newcomers.
WR: For the wide receivers it was a tale of two practices. Coach Bielema called the first part of practice "sluggish" and it showed with numerous dropped passes by the receivers. However the second half of practice was much better, especially for junior receiver Jarvis Minton. The receiver from Arlington, Texas made a lot of exciting catches.
The freshmen receivers also showed some very nice athletic ability in their route running, as well as catching the ball. Xavier Harris grabbed a few hard thrown passes as did Diondre Jenkins and Isaac Anderson.
TE: The tight ends all looked quite good during practice; this included sophomore Travis Beckum, who went up high to grab a pass during the team sessions. Sean Lewis looked extremely quick in his route running and Andy Crooks hauled in a few passes as well.
Expanding on the topic of some of the older guys helping out the younger ones, Beckum, who just took up the tight end position after last season, was seen helping out freshman Mickey Turner after one play. It is clear that one goal during fall camp is to bring the two sides of the ball together and build chemistry throughout the whole team.
OL: New offensive line coach Bob Palic is proving to be one of the more intense staff members after two practices. That intensity is evident in the way he coaches the game. He certainly has the attention of the players around him.
Freshmen Gabe Carimi showed a quick first step when working in individual drills. Despite it being a no pads practice, the OL and DL went one on one and backup LT Danny Kaye proved hard to get around. Once again starting LT Joe Thomas participated in all aspects of the practice.
All in all in was another solid day for the Badgers offensive unit. Tomorrow we will have more player insight from the first few days of fall camp, and thoughts for the 2006 season.