DE Matt Shaughnessy was one Badger who came out firing. He ran hard in drills and showed some of the younger linemen how to practice with intensity.
QB Scott Tolzien threw some nice balls on the run. WR Isaac Anderson continued his impressive spring with back-to-back good catches, one of the shoe-string variety, the other well above his head. Coverted QB Cody Rose, who is now catching the ball instead of throwing it, ran some crisp out routes and made a few nice catches while tip-toeing the sideline. WR Xavier Harris made an acrobatic, one-handed catch, as well.
In the redzone offense, the starting five on the O-line consisted of Gabe Carimi at left tackle, Eric Vandenheuvel at right tackle, Andy Kemp at left guard, Kraig Urbik at right right and John Moffit at center. They opened holes for a pair of P.J. Hill touchdowns from outside the 10-yard line and a John Clay touchdown on a sweep to the left. Hill shook safety Aubrey Pleasant right out of his shoes on one of the runs.
Josh Oglesby took reps at both left and right tackle throughout practice with both first and second teams.
LB Jaevery McFadden played well, plugging holes in the middle during team work.
Tolzien scored a touchdown on a play action keeper sweep to the left, faking out most of the defense.
WR David Gilreath continued his strong spring with some nice receptions and shifty moves after the catch. He also was flawless fielding punts.
S Shane Carter provided a big hit on WR Kyle Jefferson over the middle, causing him to drop the ball. Jefferson continues to struggle throughout spring camp, dropping more passes than any other receiver
Hill ran hard all night, shaking defenders and showing newfound bursts of speed.
RBs Zach Brown and Clay showed good breakaway speed after runs up the middle.
LB Josh Neal picked off an Allan Evridge screen pass. The defense erupted from the sideline. Neal, a converted linebacker, is now playing on the defensive line after Evan Millard, another converted linebacker, has decided to leave the program. Including Millard, three players have decided to leave the team (Kim Royston and Brad Thorson being the other two).
QB Curt Phillips ran the spread offense from the shotgun with RB Mike Preisler at tailback. Although being stuck behind four quality running backs, Preisler has had a solid spring camp, running hard and staying aggressive with the third-team offense.
During special teams work, David Gilreath and WR Maurice Moore fielded punts from Brad DeBauche.
In 11-on-11 action, the offensive line picked up a Pleasant blitz allowing Evridge to make a good read and find Xavier Harris one-on-one on a fly route, but just overthrew him.
CB Andrew Lukasko made a diving interception on the sideline on a tipped pass from Phillips.
CB Mario Goins needed to be helped off the field toward the end of practice after suffering what appeared to be a leg injury.
DB Josh Nettles sat on the sideline with his ankle wrapped and elevated.
WR Daven Jones missed his first practice of the year with what was disclosed as either strep throat or mononucleosis.
DE Richard Garner returned to practice in full pads after missing the last two weeks with a hamstring injury.
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Former Badger safety Jim Leonhard continued to be a fixture at spring practices, usually watching team drills before heading to the weight room to work out.
Jon Budmayr, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound dual-threat quarterback from Woodstock (IL) Marian Central was the big recruit that took in practice Tuesday, spending time during practice talking with and Bielema and offensive coordinator Paul Chryst.
The 2009 prospect holds offers from Arizona, Illinois, Northwestern and Wisconsin with Boston College, Iowa, and Notre Dame also showing interest in the signal caller.