While a nasty snowstorm developed outside, and fans from all over the nation gathered next door for the Big Ten Wrestling Championships, the Badger football team went about its business with the third football practice of the spring at the McClain Center.
The practice was held in full pads for the first time, and officials were present.
Here are some news/notes following the practice:
- The transformation of Jeff Lang over the last couple of years is unreal. He entered Wisconsin as a slim defensive end, and is now a nearly 300-pound offensive lineman. Not much of that weight is fat, either, as Lang appears to be one huge, lean mean machine. He has been getting reps with the No. 2 offensive line, primarily at right guard.
- Kalvin Barrett had a rough day in one-on-one drills against the defensive linemen. As mentioned above, if Lang continues to impress, he has a chance to take Barrett's place on the two-deep. While Lang was getting most of the reps with the No. 2 offense, Matt Lawrence was at the other guard position.
- Jason Palermo had the biggest hit of the one-on-one drills, pancake blocking Anttaj Hawthorne into the ground to the delight of his offensive line teammates. Aside from that one play, Hawthorne wasn't denied getting to the tackling dummy resembling the quarterback. On another play, Hawthorne went straight through Jonathan Clinkscale. Mike Lorenz, Donovan Raiola and Jonathan Welsh also stood out during the drill.
- After having a really strong practice Friday, none of the quarterbacks with the exception of Jim Sorgi looked particularly strong. The quarterbacks are getting reps in the following order - Sorgi, Matt Schabert, John Stocco, then Devin Hollins.
- Anthony Davis said he feels he's getting hit enough in drills and doesn't need to be tackled into the ground during spring ball. "I get hit enough during the season," he joked. Davis said Booker Stanley and Phillip Fuller have both really impressed him, but both have a long ways to go in learning the offense. Davis said to expect the offense to utilize him more in the passing game this season. Look for more from Davis in the next print edition of Badger Nation.
- While the quarterbacks struggled Saturday morning, the secondary looked outstanding. Coach Ron Lee said he's been very impressed with Robert Brooks, Chuckie Cowans, Johnny Sylvain and Levonne Rowan, all of which have a chance to play more often than they did last year. Brett Bell also had a solid practice Saturday, batting away a few deep balls, and Pat Ellestad made several outstanding plays at cornerback.
- Kareem Timbers had the hit of the day, lighting up Byron Brown who was running a pattern across the middle. But the play of the day goes to Alex Lewis, who chased down Brandon White running down the left sideline for a big gain. Lewis sprinted behind White and forced a fumble, popping the ball straight into the air. Lewis' 40-time at UW Pro Day (4.61) does not adequately reflect his football speed.
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