Bowl Practice Report

The Badgers hit the practice field for the first time in two weeks Friday afternoon. Were there any position changes or notes of interest from Friday's practice?

Wisconsin returned to practice in preparation for an unknown opponent at the Dec. 28 Alamo Bowl Friday afternoon, holding its first practice in in two weeks at the McClain Center.

The Badgers spent the first five periods of practice going through position drills as usual, followed by 10 periods focusing on the No. 1 and 2 units. The final five periods of practice were dedicated to young players, with many of the scout team athletes getting focused on for the first time since fall camp.

Coach Barry Alvarez and the Badger players were unavailable for interviews, but will be available later this weekend.

But here are some quick notes from Friday's practice:

- Quarterback Owen Daniels started practice working with the No. 1 offense...at tight end. Daniels got reps with the starting units at that position, and during the final five periods of practice, worked at tight end on the scout team.

- Alex Lewis got the majority of time at middle linebacker, with Jeff Mack shifting to the eagle position. The two flip-flopped on certain formations, but in the base defense, Lewis played at Mike.

- There were no changes in the starting depth chart on defense. Players getting reps with the No. 2 secondary in the nickel/silver packages included Levonne Rowan, Brett Bell, Chuckie Cowans and Robert Brooks.

- During the five periods at the end of practice, Greg Root practiced at fullback, lining up in front of redshirt freshman tailback Phillip Fuller.

- Anttaj Hawthorne missed practice because of a class conflict.

- The two biggest hits of the day belong to Matt Gajda and Pat Ellestad, both late in practice. The catch of the day belonged to Chuckie Cowans on an athletic interception.

- The starting defensive line late in practice (essentially the No. 3 unit) consisted of Mark Gorman, Andre Williams, Matt Gajda and Tim Ovadal.

- The No. 2 offensive line Friday afternoon consisted of Jake Wood at left tackle, Kalvin Barrett at left guard, Donovan Raiola at center, Jason Palermo at right guard and Morgan Davis at right tackle.

- Recruits coming in for the first big official visit weekend were present at the Badgers' practice. The events of the weekend include a trip to the UW-UNLV basketball game Saturday morning, following by Jim Rome's Tour Stop at the Alliant Energy Center.

- The Badgers' practice schedule the rest of the way is the following (all practices are closed to the public):

Tomorrow: 3-4:30 p.m.
Sunday: 1-3 p.m.
Dec. 13: 3-4:30 p.m.
Dec. 14: 3-4:30 p.m.
Dec. 15: 3-4:30 p.m.
Dec. 16: 6-7:30 p.m.
Dec. 18: 6-7:30 p.m.
Dec. 19: 10-11:30 a.m.
Dec. 21: 3-4:30 p.m.

Dec. 22: Leave for San Antonio
Dec. 24: Practice TBA
Dec. 26: Practice TBA
Dec. 27: Practice TBA
Dec. 28: 2002 Alamo Bowl

- For those making early plans for the spring, the 2003 Spring Game is scheduled for April 12 at noon. The Badgers' spring practice is tentatively scheduled to begin March 13.

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