Here are some notes/thoughts on the final practice of two-a-days at the O'Connor Center:
- Despite a drizzling rain, the Badgers took the short bus ride back to the O'Connor Center for the afternoon practice, wearing shoulder pads and helmets only. Coach Barry Alvarez hasn't had the benefit of a hot, humid day for fall camp since the first practice, when it hit 90 degrees.
- The Badgers will have a situational scrimmage on Wednesday afternoon (closed to the media) followed by one practice each on Thursday and Friday (also closed, with no interviews afterwards). The team will break camp and get into a normal game-week setup (practicing at Camp Randall) in preparation for the Fresno State game next Friday night.
- B.J. Tucker had yet another solid practice, with some athletic pass breakups in individual drills (he also had a nice morning practice). Coach Ron Cooper said he's very pleased with everything he's seen from Tucker so far.
Tucker said he's well aware Fresno State is going to come straight at him (and the secondary as a whole) but he welcomes the challenge and is excited to prove himself.
- The biggest challenge for the secondary is understanding where to line up against a diverse Fresno State attack, and knowing how to adjust on the fly. Coach Ron Cooper began going over all the formations and checks with his young group on Sunday night.
"Our guys understand right now what we have to do," Cooper said. "If we know where to line up, then they can turn it loose to play. Right now the guys know where to line up. Now they will turn it loose and play."
Cooper said he would prefer not to go too far into the depth against the Bulldogs. He feels he has "six and a half" of the eight he needs to play in the secondary.
"These kids are right out of high school and have been in practice two weeks now," Cooper said. "To ask them to go from high school to Fresno State's passing game would be too much. But they will be ready to go in if we need them, to spare somebody, or to go in at different times or situations. They will be ready to go."
- Jim Sorgi is another player that had an exceptional day Tuesday. He made a couple of bullet passes through traffic, including one to Travaan Hayes during team drills that was one of the nicest plays of the day (a fine catch by Hayes as well). If there's one position the Badgers are loaded at, it's quarterback. Owen Daniels and Matt Schabert are still locked in a battle for the No. 3 position.
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