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Spring practice report No. 12

With just three practices left until Saturday's spring game, each rep counts even more as players try to better themselves in lead up to Saturday's showcase. Tuesday's 24-period practice was held outside under sunny skies as the players went in full pads.

Watch highlights and post-practice interviews with RBs John Clay and Montee Ball

As is the norm with practices, the first few periods were spent on position-specific drills. The wide receivers practiced leaping over defenders to make the catch, while on the other side of the field, the defensive backs worked on coming around the edge, knocking the ball out of the quarterback's hands and then recovering the loose ball. Managers even threw balls directly into the ground so the secondary could better work at making the play off the bounce.

Practice No. 12 Photo Gallery

Later in practice, as the defense worked against a scout offense that featured an option quarterback, aptly played by wide receiver Jared Abberderis, the wide receivers were hard at work going against zone coverage elsewhere. With bodies needed elsewhere, it was up to the coaching staff as well as a student manager to mimic what the linebackers would do in coverage. It was then up to the wide receiver to find the soft spot in the zone and make the catch.

Practice12_11.jpgBig hits
During the 1st and 10 drill, on a sweep right, tight end Lance Kendricks pancaked defensive back Dezmen Southward.

In a different drill, safety Jay Valai laid a loud pop on a wide receiver catching a ball in the flats.

Defensive end J.J. Watt also got into the act, breaking through the line of scrimmage to lay a lick on a running back four yards into the backfield.

Good vs. good
Practice ended with the No. 1 offense squaring off with the No. 1 defense for two drives and the No. 2 squads squaring off for one. On the first drive for the No. 1 offense, the Badgers drove inside the 40-yard line but were stopped there. The same thing happened when the No. 2 offense took the ball, gaining a couple first downs but eventually stalling short of the goal line.

On the No. 1 offense's last drive, they were able to punch it into the end zone. The main catalyst on the drive was Kendricks, who made a great catch on about a 25-yard crossing route, leaping over linebacker Kevin Rouse to make the grab. Kendricks also moved the Badgers inside the 5-yard line after RB Zach Brown gave QB Scott Tolzien some extra time with an excellent blitz pick up. RB Montee Ball capped the drive with a short TD plunge.

The Badgers will take Wednesday off before closing out the week with practices on Thursday on 3:45 p.m. and on Friday at 4:45 p.m. This all leads up to Saturday's Spring Game at 2 p.m.