Weekend Bowl Practice Report

News/notes from the trio of Wisconsin's bowl practices this weekend. The Badgers continue practice this week before leaving for San Antonio next Sunday.

The Badgers completed their second weekend of bowl preparation with a frigid Sunday afternoon workout outdoors in Camp Randall Stadium.

Wisconsin will practice Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday this week, before leaving for San Antonio a week from today.

Here are some news/notes from this weekend's practices:

The Badgers have turned the corner from spring football-like practices to more typical game-preparation sessions, as the scout team has been impersonating Colorado players and the coaching staff the scouting report on the Buffaloes has made it to the field. But the last five periods of every practice are still being reserved to evaluate young players.

Jeff Mack has played primarily at eagle linebacker, with Alex Lewis assuming the middle spot, although Mack has taken some reps at the Mike as well. The most likely starting linebacking corps next season will be Jeff Mack at eagle, Alex Lewis at Mike and Lamarr Watkins at the outside spot. But there is a lot to be decided and sorted through over the next couple weeks of practice and throughout spring football.

Mike Lorenz has been practicing exclusively at right tackle. He said following Sunday's practice that he has become more comfortable putting his right hand down (as opposed to the left-hand stance he used in high school) and he sees right tackle as his position from this point forward. Morgan Davis and Jake Wood continue to battle it out at left tackle.

The switch of Greg Root from linebacker to fullback is not merely a bowl experiment. Root said following Sunday's practice he expects to enter spring football battling Matt Bernstein for playing time as the No. 2 fullback, and he's thrilled about the move.

Andre Williams and Mark Gorman have been getting a lot of reps with the No. 2 defensive line (which typically sees a lot of playing time in John Palermo's 8-9 man rotation).

Jason Palermo and Andy Ulrich have been splitting reps at the right guard position on the No. 2 offensive line.

Devin Hollins and John Stocco are serving as the scout team quarterbacks in preparation for Colorado, while Booker Stanley and Phillip Fuller are the scout team running backs (for those that follow UW recruiting closely, there is just something weird about watching Stanley imitating Brian Calhoun).

Jim Sorgi has practiced extremely well the last few days, making tough throws in a variety of situations. Sorgi will be on the bench for one more game, but it's almost a lock that he will be the starting quarterback next season.

Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year Paul Joran looks like a natural at the eagle linebacker spot. Between Broderick Williams, Kareem Timbers, Kyle McCorison, Reggie Cribbs and John Gillen, this is going to be an awfully interesting position to watch this spring.

Darrin Charles looks like he is finally coming around with the extra rest. It's been a terribly disappointing year for the sophomore wide receiver. He hasn't been anywhere near 100 percent since the first practice of fall camp, when he suffered the first of several ankle sprains.

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