Spring Practice Report: Day 12

After unseasonable warm weather last week, Wisconsin weather reared its ugly head, sending snow flurries down on Madison Monday. But as Wisconsin kicked off practice number 12 in only sweats, as the Wisconsin football team held practice inside the environment-friendly McClain Center.

MADISON — Consider it the calm before the storm.

The Wisconsin football team opened its final week of spring drills Monday without pads, instead practicing in just shorts and jerseys.

That's the last time this spring that will happen.

"One of the reasons we backed off today was two-fold," UW head coach Bret Bielema said. "We had a lot of reps on Saturday and a lot of were a little banged up. And then we also had six different guys miss today … with tests.

"I thought it would be better to back off today and go full pads [Tuesday] and Thursday."

Accordingly, there wasn't any hitting during Monday's practice, but Bielema still characterized the practice as "productive."

Case of the drops

Mickey Turner probably won't be taking tape of Monday's practice and putting much of it on his highlight reel.

The senior tight end had a rough day, especially when it came to receiving. Turner dropped at least three passes and had one pass deflect off his hands and into linebacker Blake Sorenson's for an interception.

Turner hasn't been known as much of a receiver to begin with. Through three seasons, he has just three receptions. All three came last season, including a touchdown catch against Ohio State.

Making amends

Redshirt freshman Leonard Hubbard made the right read and was in the proper place. All the linebacker forgot to do during a red zone drill late in practice was finish the play with a catch.

After seeing a golden opportunity for an interception literally slip through his fingers, Hubbard was sentenced to five pushups before the next play.

He learned his lesson.

Just two plays after his initial miscue, Hubbard atoned for his mistake. Hubbard made a good read again and this time intercepted quarterback Jon Budmayr's pass in the end zone and returned the ball out to near the 20-yard line.

Reversing course

David Gilreath burned Indiana for 168 yards rushing last season thanks to running the wide receiver reverse devastatingly effectively.

During an 11-on-11 session Monday, the reverse reared its head again. This time, however, it was Isaac Anderson going in motion and taking the handoffs. Although the carries came against UW's second-team defense, Anderson was impressive nonetheless. He showed good instincts as to when to cut the play upfield and had a good burst.

Moody on the move

After never being able to crack the playing rotation at defensive back for four years, fifth-year senior Prince Moody is switching positions.

Moody practiced at wide receiver Monday and that is where he will make his new home.

"He did a good job for us on special teams," UW head coach Bret Bielema said. "I kinda wanted to bring some physical toughness to that wide receiver group and put Prince over there and see what he can do."

In attendance

Although the spring has been devoid of highly-rated recruits coming to campus, three big-time Wisconsin high school players came to practice Monday, headlined by Konrad Zagzebski, considered the No. 1 prospect in the Wisconsin 2010 class by Scout.com.

The D.C. Everest high school prospect thoroughly enjoyed his visit and is believed to be switching his commitment from Minnesota to Wisconsin.

Quarterback Trey Demler (Oshkosh West high school) spent several minutes chatting with Coach Bielema during practice. Demler is considered one of the top signal callers in the state.

Last but not least was Kimberly defensive end Mike Hardy. Although the Badgers didn't actively recruit his former teammate A.J. Klein (who signed with Iowa State), the Badgers have taken an interest in Hardy, as he and his family had a length discussion with defensive line coach Charlie Partridge at the conclusion of practice.

Up next

With the spring game fast approaching (this Saturday at 2 p.m.), the Badgers will return for practice No. 13 Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

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