Fall Practice: Day 12

In probably Wisconsin's last full-contact scrimmage of the fall season, plenty of Badgers made their case to be in the starting lineup come September 1.

MADISON - Due to rain Saturday morning, the Dave McClain Athletic Facility was the site for what was most likely the University of Wisconsin football teams last full contact scrimmage before their season opener on September 1st.

In the first couple weeks of practice, the defense had been winning most of its battles with the offense, but this morning the offense clearly had the advantage. On the first play of the scrimmage senior quarterback Tyler Donovan hit fellow senior Paul Hubbard for a 55-yard touchdown, in which the wide receiver did most of the work snaking his way through the second team secondary.

Hubbard was the star of the first half of the scrimmage and had receptions that gained 13 yards, 10 yards, and then another touchdown coming from Donovan that covered 45 yards.

Junior Allan Evridge wasn't as sharp, but did hit Garrett Graham for a 50-yard touchdown against the first team defense.

It appears that freshman running back Zach Brown has impressed the coaching staff to the point where he played after Hill in the spot that sophomore Lance Smith had been occupying. Smith and Brown both received reps during the scrimmage, but Brown was the more impressive of the two.

While the offense did make a ton of plays the defense did have its moments as well. Only two starters, junior linebacker DeAndre Levy and senior defensive end Kurt Ware, were missing for the first team defense. Sophomore Jaevery McFadden filled in for Levy while senior Jamal Cooper was back practicing and filled in for Ware.

Junior Jonathan Casillas, who had missed the past couple days of practice, made his presence known when him and sophomore safety Shane Carter smothered and then knocked a Dustin Scherer pass away from Graham.

Later, sophomore safety Aubrey Pleasant put a big hit on freshman receiver Kyle Jefferson that elicited a bunch of ooh's and ah's from the sidelines.

Junior Allen Langford continued his strong play in camp by knocking down a pass intended for freshman receiver David Gilreath.

When the team went to their nickel package the defensive backs on the field were Jack Ikegwuonu, Langford, Carter, Aaron Henry, and Kim Royston. Pleasant also shuffled in with the group.

Later the team moved into the redzone portion of the scrimmage. On Evridge's first opportunity he hit a sliding Hubbard for an 18 yard touchdown. His next series was the P.J. Hill show as the sophomore running back had a 2-yard run, a 7-yard catch, before plunging into the endzone with a 4-yard burst.

On Donovan's first pass of his series he was intercepted by senior linebacker James Kamoku. But Donovan finished on a high note hitting junior Travis Beckum for an 11-yard touchdown.

The number one defense struggled early in the redzone session allowing an 8-yard touchdown pass to Graham from Scherer. Later, Brown plowed his way in from 4-yards out. However the starting defensive unit finished strong by holding the offense out of the endzone on four straight plays from inside the 4 yard line. On 4th and goal from the 6-inch line sophomore Elijah Hodge and McFadden stuffed Brown behind the line of scrimmage, which turned out to be the final play of the day.

Players of note that did not participate: Ware, Levy, Quincy Landingham, Daven Jones.

The team has the day off from practice tomorrow but will participate in the Badger Family Fun Day at Camp Randall Stadium. That event runs from 3 to 5 p.m. and coaches as well as players will be available for autographs and pictures.

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