Fall Camp: Day 5 Report

With third-year starter John Stocco out due to knee surgery, see how backups Tyler Donovan and Dustin Sherer responded in their first day sharing reps with the first-string.

For the first time during Fall Camp, the Wisconsin Badgers practiced in full pads Friday on the grass practice field adjacent to Camp Randall. With the temperatures near 80 degrees and the sounds of numerous drum corps in the background, all eyes were on the players in green jerseys.

Though the players practiced in full pads, the contact remained light and the coaching staff continued to stress that the players remain on their feet.

Quarterbacks

With the announcement that John Stocco would be out a few weeks after undergoing knee surgery, Tyler Donovan and Dustin Sherer became hot topics.

Both players took more reps than usual, with Donovan seeing slightly more action. The junior had a solid afternoon outside of a few poor decisions. When he was on, he was on, but at least twice defensive backs took advantage of jump balls.

Sherer looked good for the most part as well and it has been quite clear that the two usual backups have made considerable amounts of progress since Spring ball.

Bielema said after practice that he will be taking the Stocco situation day-by-day and he did not rule out that the third-year starter could be back for the Badgers' opener against Bowling Green Sept. 2.

He also said that the No. 1 spot with Stocco on the mend would be up for grabs, and the competition would be handled just as it was when Sherer and Donovan were battling for the No. 2 spot. The first-year head coach even threw Scott Tolzien's name into the mix in the fight for the job.

Running Backs

It is hopeful that the running backs will start to standout now with full pads on. However, no one running back stood out more than the other on Friday. The position continues to be handled by committee thus far.

Lance Smith showed off good speed and technique through the hole. Jerry Butler also made a good cutback early on. More than once, P.J. Hill showed good bursts of speed

Chris Pressley looked good when he caught a pass and rumbled into the secondary.

Wide Receivers

Freshman Xavier Harris continued to impress on Friday and he seemingly catches any ball thrown his direction. Paul Hubbard also showed good hands catching balls in traffic.

Lance Kendricks continued to wear a boot, but attended practice, watching attentively with his playbook in hand.

Xavier Harris is now practicing solely at the wide receiver position.

Tight Ends

Travis Beckum continues to look good, but it is clear that the coaching staff will take advantage of the variety of tight ends on the roster.

At 6-foot-7, Sean Lewis is hard to miss on the field and former linebacker Andy Crooks is coming along nicely as well.

Offensive Line

The coaching staff knows what Joe Thomas can do, so it appears they are not going to take many chances. He was in full pads and took part in the drills and early parts of practice, but did not play in the end-of-practice scrimmage action.

Instead, Danny Kaye saw most of the reps at left tackle and was joined on the first squad by Eric VandenHeuvel, Kraig Urbik, Marcus Coleman and Andy Kemp.

Returners

Marcus Randle El, Josh Nettles, Zach Hampton and Maurice Moore all took turns fielding punts.

Defensive Line

Nothing new to report on here, the depth remained the same and Joe Monty saw action at each end. The coaching staff continues to put together different packages at the position where the Badgers arguably had the most depth.

The defensive front helped put some good pressure on the quarterbacks. Justin Ostrowski showed good technique a few times, and was quick to get into the backfield.

Jason Chapman also looked good at the tackle position, using good footwork and making it hard for the offensive line to open up holes for the running backs.

Linebackers

For the second straight day, DeAndre Levy was at practice but was used sparingly. He did not participate in the scrimmage action and even took off his shoulder pads and jersey late in the practice.

With him out, Paul Joran continued to get his reps and was joined on the first team by Elijah Hodge and Jonathan Casillas.

Joshua Neal, Ryan Flasch and Culmer St. Jean made up the second team. Neal was frustrated when he got his hand on the ball but could not reel in the interception.

O'Brien Schofield also saw action.

Defensive Backs

Allen Langford continues to look good at the cornerback position and made one particular aggressive play when he jumped in front of Jarvis Minton and nearly came up with an interception. Jack Ikegwuonu joined him on the first team which remained the same.

Roderick Rogers was the benefactor of an errant deep ball from Donovan for yet another interception in Fall Camp.

Ben Strickland continues to work hard as a second-string cornerback.

The Badgers will begin two-a-days Saturday, practicing once on the morning and once in the afternoon.


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