The Badgers began their final week of fall camp practice Monday morning at the O'Connor Center, on a cloudy, cool morning prior to an expected rain storm that could push the afternoon session indoors.
Here are some notes/thoughts from Monday morning's session:
- The team practiced in full pads, and began game-planning for Fresno State. The team was broken into scout teams for the first time this season. In a separate update, we will post Coach Barry Alvarez' quotes verbatim following practice, discussing decisions that were made and much more.
- Alvarez indicated he felt Monday morning's practice was a little bit sluggish and there were too many mental errors. The team had a two-hour session with a hypnotist Sunday night (for entertainment only) and he speculated the team might be a little tired at this point of camp. Read the Alvarez update for his comments, verbatim.
- Dan Buenning worked out with Strength and Conditioning Coordinator John Dettmann Monday morning, wearing a jersey and practice shorts, his first action since being diagnosed with mono. The team is hopeful they will have him back for Fresno State, but the staff will certainly not rush him back. Kalvin Barrett, who started six games last season, is working with the No. 1 offense.
- While some of these players will have an opportunity to work with the No. 2 unit and perhaps see the field this season, the following players worked with the scout team offense Monday morning (I can't guarantee this is a complete list, but these guys were definitely with the scout team offense the majority of the morning) – Devin Hollins, John Stocco, Enrique Cook, Jesse Mayfield (working at offensive guard), DeAndre Kemp, Matt Mialik, Mark Bell, Rob Tucker, Aaron Niay, Zach Hampton, Jason Pociask, Jake Wood, Fred Nieforth, Matt Lawrence, Jason Palermo, Carlos Harper, Joel Nellis, Jeff Holzbauer.
- Here are some players working with the scout defense (again, this is not necessarily a complete, accurate list and things can change very quickly) – Dontez Sanders, Robb Widuch, Andre Williams, Paul Joran, Jeff Lang, Greg Root, Matt Gajda, Jacob Van Der Geest, Jason Clemens, John Gillen, Traison Lewis, Mark Gorman, Chris Catalano, Tim Ovadal, Lyle Maiava, Tom Jonjak, Nate Howard, Ryan Effertz, Tony Moss, Pat Ellestad, Johnny Sylvain, Elliott Goode, Cody Childs.
- The No. 1 defense Monday morning was the following – Erasmus James, Anttaj Hawthorne, Jason Jefferson, Jake Sprague, Broderick Williams, Jeff Mack, Kareem Timbers, Scott Starks, Jim Leonhard, Ryan Aiello and B.J. Tucker.
- The No. 2 unit was Darius Jones, Nick Cochart, Mike Kleber, Jonathan Welsh, Kyle McCorison, Alex Lewis, Lamarr Watkins, Levonne Rowan, Chuckie Cowans, Brett Bell and Robert Brooks.
- Booker Stanley and Dwayne Smith continue to get a ton of reps with the No. 1 and 2 offenses.
- Prior to breaking off into scout team offense, Enrique Cook had two juggling, difficult grabs in traffic during skeleton drills.
- Watkins had a very solid practice as the No. 2 drop linebacker.
- Jones has received some reps with the No. 1 defense, primarily with Sprague moving inside. As mentioned so many times before, the defensive line rotation is pretty much interchangeable.
Monday Morning Practice Report
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