Fall Camp Report: Aug. 17 Morning Practice

See who was back in the Badger backfield Thursday morning and which defensive unit seemed to be focusing on creating turnovers.

The Wisconsin Badgers resumed fall camp Thursday morning in their first of the day's two practices. The team practiced in full pads at Camp Randall, going through positional drills, six-on-seven play, nine-on-nine action and situational scrimmaging.

  • The biggest story came from the running back position. Jerry Butler, who it appeared would be making a transition to cornerback, returned to the offensive backfield Thursday morning and saw a considerable amount of action.

    He had a few good carries as he, Dywon Rowan and P.J. Hill saw the brunt of the work. Lance Smith also took a few carries.

    Rowan continued to look sharp as he saw a steady dose of action for the second straight practice.

  • Both Tyler Donovan and Dustin Sherer enjoyed solid outings once again. They were pretty accurate during six-on-seven drills, though they each threw one interception.

    Neither one stood out much more than the other in scrimmage play, either.

  • Jarvis Minton, Paul Hubbard and Marcus Randle El, UW's most veteran receivers, continue to stand out this week.

    During situational scrimmaging, Hubbard twice was able to get up in traffic and haul in a ball despite opposition from the secondary. A few plays later, Minton one-upped his teammate when he was popped mid-air, but came down clutching the ball.

  • Tight end Travis Beckum continued his fairly successful fall camp; however, fellow linebacker-turned-tight end Andy Crooks did not practice. Crooks was in attendance and jogged around the field.

  • The Badger linebackers were all over the ball Thursday morning and the Badger defense appeared to be making turnovers a priority.

    Jonathan Casillas returned to practice and wasted no time making an interception in six-on-seven play. The first and second-team defense then switched out and Elijah Hodge came up with a pick on the very next play.

    Hodge opened up the day back as the second-team mike linebacker as senior Mark Zalewski returned to practice, but only in light-contact situations.

    Jaevery McFadden also recovered a fumble during the same drill.

    O'Brien Schofield showed a good nose for the ball, snuffing out a few short running plays. In the defensive secondary, Shane Carter played safety in the morning session alongside a healthier Johnny White on the second team. Kim Royston saw most of the reps as the second-team corner.

    First-team cornerback Allen Langford continues to be rock solid and came up with another interception in the day's first practice.

    Joe Stellmacher showed his flare for a big hit late in practice, sticking a running back with a quick pop that jarred the ball loose. He and fellow starting safety Roderick Rogers could really punish some players before the season is over.

  • The defensive front, as a whole, continues to play well. It is hard to single out one or two players because—even with ever-changing looks—the unit gels so well together.

    Towards the end of practice, the line was able to get its hands up and bat a pass up into the air. Brandon Kelly gave it an effort, but could not dive for the interception.

  • Justin Ostrowski, Aubrey Pleasant and Ryan Flasch continued to miss practice; however, it was definitely a successful practice in that there were no apparent major injuries.

The Badgers will conduct their second practice of the day beginning at 3:45 this afternoon. First-year head coach Bret Bielema is expected to speak to the media following the practice session.

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