Day #2 - Defensive news and notes

From the shadows of Camp Randall Stadium, the Badgers took the field for practice sessions #2 of the 2006 fall football camp 'season'. BN's Eric Schmoldt discusses the defensive side of the football.

The University of Wisconsin football team conducted its second day of Fall Camp Tuesday afternoon. With the Drum Corps competition taking place inside Camp Randall, the practice was conducted at the outdoor field adjacent to the stadium. For the second straight day, the players practiced in helmets, jerseys and shorts.

Much like Monday's opening practice, much of the two-hour long session saw position-by-position drills leading up to another light scrimmage to end.

Overall, the defense looked pretty solid on Day 2. It was pretty clear that all the players are ready to put on the pads on.

Defensive Line

Matthew Shaughnessy, Nick Hayden, Jason Chapman and Kurt Ware made up the first team on the defensive front. Shaughnessy showed good speed off the edge, showing no signs of the knee injury which sidelined him last year.

This group will obviously be able to show more when the pads come on later in the week.

Brandon Kelly, Mike Newkirk, Justin Ostrowski and Joe Monty worked out with the second team with Jamal Cooper also rotating in.

Whereas the younger squads got their reps late in Monday's practice, head coach Bret Bielema decided to switch things up on Tuesday and let that group take the first reps.

"We reversed it and … saw the older guys coaching the [young guys] up," Bielema said.

Richard Garner, Brandon Hoey and Dan Cascone each saw action.

Linebackers

The first and second squads remained the same on Day Two with the first team consisting of Mark Zalewski at the mike position, DeAndre Levy at the sam and Jonathan Casillas at the will.

On the second team were Elijah Hodge at the mike position with Culmer St. Jean at the will and Jaevery McFadden at the mike position.

Sophomore Ryan Flasch, who was not at practice Monday, was present on Tuesday, but only to ride a stationary bike.

Freshmen Erik Prather and O'Brien Schofield, as well as sophomore Joshua Neal saw action on the third team. Prather showed some good speed off the edge.

Defensive Backs

Sophomores Jack Ikegwuonu and Allen Langford manned the corners for the first team. Ikegwuonu looked good in coverage, but for the second straight day it was the safeties who made the biggest impression.

While Roderick Rogers had his day Monday, fellow first-teamer Joe Stellmacher had his on Tuesday. The senior benefited from a dropped pass during seven-on-seven action for his first interception of the afternoon. Later, during scrimmage action, he showed off some athleticism to get to the ball, but couldn't hang on as he hit the ground. However, on the very next play he hauled the ball in for his second pick of the day.

Johnny White, who injured a wrist on Monday, was back in action Tuesday with his arm taped up. However, the tape did not impede his play, as he too came up with an interception in seven-on-seven play.

White, Ben Strickland, Shane Carter and Zach Hampton were the second-team defensive backs.

Jay Valai, William Hartmann, Aubrey Pleasant and Kim Royston saw action on the third squad.

Kickers and Punters

Kickers Taylor Mehlhaff and Matt Fischer opened up practice with a light workout, practicing shorter field goals and extra points.

Ken DeBauche looked like his usual self in punting drills and Paul Standring booted some punts as well.


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