Wisconsin was in half pads and started at 7:55 p.m. and ended at 10:05 p.m.
Good Report from the Walking Wounded
For the first time in quite some time, Wisconsin experienced no significant injuries Thursday night and got good reports from some of its sidelined athletes.
Freshman Mario Goins was back after suffering an apparent leg injury Tuesday and showed no ill-effects of such injury.
Junior end O'Brien Schofield broke a bone in his right wrist Tuesday and did not dress, wearing a cast around the injured area Thursday. The break, however, was a non-displaced fracture and the Badgers expect to get him back next week, albeit with his wrist wrapped in a club.
Junior Josh Nettles suffered a high right ankle sprain and had his ankle immobilized in a walking cast. Nettles could participate late next week but it is unlikely.
Senior Jonathan Casillas, who hurt his left leg March 27 and is missing the rest of spring, was walking better with his pant leg rolled up. He still was going slow but was able to help out defensive coordinator Dave Doeren by playing his running back during individual work with the linebackers.
Going through stretches without a knee brace, cornerback Aaron Henry continues to work his way back to full strength.
Senior tackle Mike Newkirk (shoulder surgery) was cleared to do some footwork but is still not cleared for contact drills.
JUCO recruit Dan Moore came to practice around 9:15 on crutches and watched from the sideline, still having a smile on his face.
Starting practice better today than they did on Saturday, kicker Matt Fischer went two-for-two on his field goals, making a 30 yarder right down the middle and a 35 yarder from the right hash, and Phil Welch equaled that mark, making a 37- and 45-yard field goal from the left hash. With only one punter (Brad DeBauche) in camp, Brad got some assistance with the kicking duties as injured tight end Travis Beckum put his lower body to good use. He punter twice in punt coverage, hitting a 25-yard duck and a 45-yard bomb.
First Team Defense
Cornerbacks – Niles Brinkley and Mario Goins
Second Team Defense
Red Zone Highlights
While Hodge was off taking an exam, St. Jean made good use of his reps with the first team, sniffing out a screen and popping Lance Smith when the junior running back turned his way.
After struggling last week to keep his hands on the ball, sophomore wide receiver Isaac Anderson made up for it with a solid Thursday. Getting separation in the secondary, Dustin Sherer fired a bulled between No.2 free safety Chris Maragos and No.2 cornerback Prince Moody that Anderson secured with two feet down in the back of the end zone.
Senior quarterback Allan Evridge was a little jumpy passing in the red zone, firing a lot of high balls on routes into the end zone but was fine getting the ball to his receivers in the flat.
No.1 strong safety Jay Valai made a solid play on wide receiver Kyle Jefferson. Despite giving up eight inches to the receiver, Valai was able to jump up and extend his arm over Jefferson's right shoulder, knocking away the bullet pass from Sherer.
Also working with the first team, sophomore Scott Tolzien threaded the needle to Anderson on a slant route over the middle for the touchdown.
11 vs. 11 Notes:
Sherer took the opening snaps and was looking for Jefferson along the left sideline, but good coverage by Merrill on the sophomore wide receiver caused the defensive line to earn a sack.
Showing the coaches how important it is to stay in the play, receiver Maurice Moore laid a block on a Lukasko, cutting off the cornerback as he tried to get an angle on a Jefferson catch.
Sherer was the best quarterback of the day in the red zone offense and he continued to throw well in 11-v-11, hitting Jefferson and Anderson on mid-range crossing routes over the middle. Both throws were bullet spirals.
But while Sherer was the best QB of the day, Anderson was the best player on the day, making two more sliding catches in the secondary.
Not everyone, however, was having success catching the ball. Daven Jones dropped a couple passes throughout the day and Moore paid for bobbling a pass over the middle, getting a rude greeting from Hodge.
In the final series of practice, freshman quarterback Curt Phillips was involved in a ‘quarterback to quarterback' connection when he hooked up with converted wide receiver Cody Rose on the right sideline for a nice gain and followed that up by hitting Jefferson along the left sideline.
Although being late for practice because of the exam, Hodge registered the only interception during the drill. As Phillips was looking for Rose on a crossing route (going from left to right), Hodge read the play and came from right to left to make the diving interception.
Wisconsin returns to the practice field for its 12th practice Saturday morning.