Monday Afternoon Practice Report

Defensive Backs Coach Ron Cooper commented on the departure of Michael Broussard as part of the Monday afternoon practice report.

The Badgers beat a downpour of rain by minutes, completing an overtime simulation drill before the rain began to fall at the O'Connor Center Monday afternoon. The team was in helmets and shoulder pads after going full pads in the morning.

Here are some notes/thoughts from the afternoon session:

- Jim Leonhard had another solid practice Monday afternoon. Talking to a couple of his teammates, one of his biggest strengths is his intelligence. Leonhard is always in the right place, lined up correctly and makes intelligent decisions when it's live, which is often half the battle.

- The talk around camp this afternoon, naturally, was the departure of Michael Broussard from the program this morning. Secondary Coach Ron Cooper said he was very surprised about the news.

"We wanted him in the program. Nobody made him feel not welcome," Cooper said. "He's been here a couple of years now. I guess he decided that he wanted to go play at another school so we just wish him the best of luck."

Cooper said he's unsure if Broussard's demotion to the third-team defense was the reason behind his departure.

"He was on second-team nickel package. I don't know. There was nothing that ever came up," Cooper said. "It's the first player I've ever been around that didn't come see me before he took off. So other than that, I don't know much about him. I do wish him the best of luck. Hopefully wherever he goes, he'll be successful."

Cooper said Cody Childs, the 5-10, 195-pound walk-on from Poynette, Wis., will fill in as the third strong safety.

- Tony Moss is now working with the second team nickel package. He is one of the players that will rotate between the No. 2 defense and scout team.

- There has been a ton of press about Cooper and the changes he's made in the secondary. Cooper wants to be at least two-deep in the secondary. He feels like he's getting closer to having that.

"I want eight guys that can play in the game," Cooper said. "Right now I think we're at about six and a half. Hopefully in the next couple of days, I will feel good about the other guys."

- I just want to clarify one thing from this morning's report. I mentioned Jesse Mayfield was on the scout team offense at guard, but that does not mean he was moved to that position. Guys often play completely out of position on scout teams. In fact, Mayfield lined up at fullback on the scout team offense for a couple of plays Monday afternoon.

- The football program has announced that practices will be closed to the media beginning Wednesday. The original schedule suggested practices would be open for coverage until Friday. Therefore, the last Badger Nation fall camp practice report will be Wednesday afternoon.

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