Bret Bielema: Post Practice Day 15

Getting through spring relatively healthy, Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema addresses the media after the Badgers complete their 15-practice spring season with the annual Cardinal-White scrimmage; an event won by the Cardinal squad 48-7.

Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema -

Partial Transcript

Opening Statement…

"First off I was excited to see that crowd out there. The weather report looked good, it didn't end up very good but I was excited during the course of the week when they thought it was going to be a nice day out there and I think that affected the crowd, so that was good to see. We came out of it pretty injury free. I don't have a final report on Isaac (Anderson) but I don't think it is anything significant. I just wanted to say after he got rolled up out there but he was moving around halfway decent on the sidelines. We got out of the entire spring relatively healthy and a lot of guys got reps and we don't have a lot of experience coming back at certain positions, but I liked the attitude and the energy those guys showed. Really from day one going back to winter conditioning all the way through, to hold your intensity for 15 spring practices and I thought Thursday's practice of this past week, practice number 14, was as good as intensity as we have had, especially from the defensive side. So I like the energy and we'll see where it goes from here."

On how much more productive this spring was because of injuries…

"Well, you get a lot more quality reps. I thought in particular you look at our wide receivers, and I just like the work and progress they made. Kyle Jefferson made a strong finish here to this last week and he kind of struggled a week ago. That comes from getting reps, the only way you are going to improve is to get the number of work hours that you need to get better every day, and I thought they did that, so there is a significance. I thought defensively we got a lot of good work, we kept our package a little bit tighter, a little bit cleaner. Same thing from an offensive point of view, just because when we were rolling those younger quarterbacks in with the ones, Curt Phillips doesn't have the whole package that he can go to right now."

On being further along this year…

"Yeah, I think we made good progress because we were able to keep a lot of the same people out there, so they definitely got better."

On Curt Phillips coming out in the second part of the spring…

"Our plan going in was to get him in there as soon as we could with the ones and let him have the benefit of a good solid offensive line in front of him, get a little continuity. I like the fact that he threw a couple of strikes, I think that first one over the middle to Garrett (Graham) was great on time, great rhythm, it was a correct throw and I think that just gave a little bit of an indication of where he is as a quarterback. I think if you ask Curt where he is right now at the end of spring ball compared to a year ago, it's definitely progress for him. He's a lot further along right now. I think I might have shared with you, in one of our early practices I said how is this year different than last year. And he said, ‘Coach I was saying words in the huddle I didn't even know what they meant.' So he is just that much further along understanding what we are doing offensively."


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