Final Countdown

With the home opener less than two weeks away, Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema is set to release the Badgers' two-deep depth chart on Wednesday.

MADISON - Come Wednesday, UW head coach Bret Bielema and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Paul Chryst will make their intentions known.

As the Wisconsin football team begins to shift from its fall camp to preparing for the season-opening game against Akron, UW coaches will release its final preseason two-deep depth chart.

Despite instances of inconsistent play, it seems likely senior Allan Evridge will hold off junior Dustin Sherer and sophomore Scott Tolzien to start the season as the number one quarterback. At this point, the tightest battle appears to be for the top backup role. While Sherer was the second quarterback all spring camp and began fall camp as a plausible candidate to start Aug. 30, Tolzien took most of the snaps with the number two offense during Saturday's scrimmage.

The coaching staff has had several intensive meetings over the last two weeks, including as recent as Sunday, and still hasn't come to a definitive decision regarding how the quarterbacks could shake out.

"At one point we thought we might be able to move forward, name a starter (early), but we aren't at that point now," Bielema said. "We'll just stick with Wednesday."

Not kicking himself

Despite an inconsistent outing by UW's kickers and punters Saturday, Bret Bielema didn't sound too concerned about the play of his specialists.

"The part that was a little bit shocking was the rapid fire at the beginning of the day with the field goal guys," Bielema said of the drill he demanded be restarted after the first three attempts went miss, miss, botched snap.

Kickers Matt Fischer and Philip Welch did bounce back from that shaky start to kick well in live game situations.

"The great thing is, when the pressure's been on, in live-game situations, they've been 100 percent," Bielema said.

Well, just about.

The only miss of the scrimmage portion of the practice was a 56-yard attempt by Welch that was on line, but came up just short.

"I was kind of putting him in a tough spot there, just to kind of see how he'd handle it," Bielema said.

Freshman Bradley Nortman has just about locked up the punting job, but even he has had issues. Since members of the media have only been allowed to witness two full practices, it is hard to draw any hard conclusions, but it certainly appeared Saturday Nortman could have issues with pooch punting. One attempt went minus-2 yards, and two other attempts were less-than-stellar before he downed one inside the 10-yard line.

Extra points

Bielema said the status of Will linebacker Jonathan Casillas probably won't be known for certain until just before the first game of the season. Casillas was seen leaving practice in a full-leg brace on crutches Monday. "I don't know if he'll get back there," Bielema said

Players voted on team captains Sunday and will be informed of the results of that vote Tuesday

Tight end Travis Beckum, cornerback Antonio Fenelus and cornerback Allen Langford all are on track to be ready to play against Akron. Running back John Clay was in full pads and participated in individual drills. Clay was held out of team sessions.


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