Practice report No. 2

The Wisconsin football team was back inside McClain Center on Monday afternoon for its second practice of spring football. Practicing in helmets only, the team went for 24 periods. Tomorrow is the first day in full pads.

"I think the guys are ready to go to work and have an opportunity to put on the pads and see exactly where everybody is at," head coach Bret Bielema said.

Head coach Bret Bielema's post-practice media session

Skelly
A couple of notable plays occurred during the team's skelly (7-on-7) drill. On the first play, quarterback Scott Tolzien hooked up with tight end Lance Kendricks on a deep ball. Kendricks got behind the safeties as Aaron Henry fell down, eliciting some oohs and aaahs from players on the sidelines.

Nick Toon showed off his speed as he caught a slant pass at about the 35-yard line, made one quick move, then was able to outrace the defense to the corner for a score.
Linebacker Kevin Rouse also had a nice pass breakup during the drill.

"[Kevin Rouse] has made big improvements," Bielema said after practice. "He made some good breaks on the ball."

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Injured still helping out
In his pre-spring press conference, Bielema mentioned several players who would not participate in spring practices. While they are not taking part in the reps, many of them are still contributing where they can.

Center Peter Konz took snaps during the 7-on-7 drills to sharpen his footwork. Konz was later seen lining up as a defensive back during scout drills. The other side of the field was covered too as tackle Gabe Carimi covered David Gilreath, making for what might be the biggest size gap between a DB and WR in history.

Offensive lineman John Moffitt and running back John Clay each were seen doing jogging across the field to stay in shape, while linebacker Chris Borland was lining up at running back during linebacker drills.

Same faces, new places
A few players are have found homes at new positions this spring. For example, Kevin Claxton is making the switch from defensive back to linebacker, while Conor O'Neill is making the switch the other way. Both players were on the second units on defense with Claxton at outside linebacker and O'Neill at safety.

After practice, Bielema made note of Claxton, saying that he got his hands on some passes during practice. O'Neill also made his presence known as well, intercepting a pass during skelly after it had bounced off a few players' hands.

Freshman Connection
Fresh off a Play of the Day performance from the first practice, redshirt freshmen Jon Budmayr and Jared Abbrederis hooked up again for another deep pass for a score in 7-on-7, while just missing on another as Abbrederis was unable to hold on after making a tumbling effort for the pass.

"[Abbrederis] has caught my eye since last fall," Bielema said. "He's got athleticism, good hands and has done good work."

Practice No. 2 Photo Gallery

This and That
Without a full roster due to injuries, the loss of seniors and the freshman having yet to arrive, it made for some interesting sights during scout work: the aforementioned work of Konz and Carimi at cornerback, Scott Tolzien lined up at safety and a new offensive line that partially consisted of kickers Alec Lerner and Phillip Welch and long snapper Kyle Wojta ... former UW quarterback Brooks Bollinger took in Monday's practice, watching from the sidelines and then addressing the team after practice about enjoying their time while they can and how proud the football alumni is of the current team

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