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Practice Report No. 10


It was a full pads-practice for the Wisconsin football team again on Tuesday afternoon as the Badgers practiced for 30 periods outside in Camp Randall Stadium.

The team is back with two practices on Wednesday, first at 9:15 a.m. and then again at 7:30 p.m.

Pass protection
As the team worked on individual drills, the linebackers and running backs got together for some blitz/pass protection work. With a dummy behind him, the running back would get in a ready position and then adjust as the linebacker came from an off-angle.

The defense seemed to be the winner the majority of the time, but the backs held their own on multiple occasions.

Chris Borland used a spin move to beat Bradie Ewing on one rep and then later showed a variety of moves to get past Montee Ball. Culmer St. Jean was able to drive back John Clay to get to the dummy, while Kevin Rouse also eluded Ball during one rep.

Clay redeemed himself later as he thwarted Marcus Trotter's attempt, as did Zach Brown to A.J. Fenton and Bradie Ewing to Ethan Armstrong. The final rep saw James White go up against St. Jean. It looked like a mismatch initially as White is listed at 5-10, 198, while St. Jean is 6-0, 234 and had burned Clay earlier. White held his ground though and while he did give up ground to St. Jean, he was able to fend off the linebacker until the whistle blew.

Move the Ball
A practice staple, "Move the Ball" showed up again on Tuesday with eight different series taking place.

The No. 1 units battled during the first two series, but the defense forced a pair of three-and-outs. The first drive ended on a third-and-nine as Rouse broke up a pass to Lance Kendricks down the middle, while the second drive was halted on another third-and-nine play when J.J. Watt sacked Scott Tolzien.

The No. 2 offense got things going early as Jon Budmayr hooked up with Manasseh Garner on passes of 13 and seven yards. Three plays later on first-and-10 at the opponent's 40-yard line, Brown broke off an 18-yard run to the 22. The drive stalled from there as Josh Harrison made a play at the line of scrimmage before White tallied eight yards on a run. On third-and-two Pat Muldoon came up with a tackle for loss to end the drive.

After three more unsuccessful drives between the first and second units, the No. 1 offense came with a score once the drill moved to the red zone. Facing a third-and-four at the 12-yard line, Tolzien found Nick Toon on a slant over the middle to reach the end zone. The No. 2 offense came out next and also needed just three plays to score. After an incomplete pass, Garner caught a nine-yard pass and White followed with a seven-yard touchdown run.

The No. 1 offense got one last crack at the end zone as it started with a first-and-10 on its own 42. Clay got the first four carries, tallying 13 yards in all. On second-and-seven at the opposing 46, the Badgers picked up a big gain on a 17-yard screen pass, highlighted by offensive lineman John Moffitt mauling defensive back Niles Brinkley. The drive ended three plays later as a third-and-five pass from the 24-yard line was broken up.

A visit from Lord Stanley
Something that people may not know about Tolzien is that he is a huge fan of the Chicago Blackhawks. When the team won the Stanley Cup two months ago, it was a big thrill for the Rolling Meadows, Ill., native.

Fast-forward to post-practice on Tuesday. As head coach Bret Bielema called the players up at the end of practice, a limousine drove onto the turf at Camp Randall. Bielema said that this fall he wanted to bring some special visitors in to give some words of advice. When the door opened on the limo, out stepped former Badger, and Stanley Cup winner, Adam Burish. As is customary for the winning team, each player gets to spend a day with the Cup, and Burish decided to bring it back to Madison.

As he stood with the Cup next to him, Burish spoke to the team about how important it is to get along as team and come together. He said everyone needs to look out for everyone else because it's impossible to win a championship without a sense of unity on the team. As he addressed the team, Burish also told Jay Valai to keep up his aggressive play and that Moffitt and Gabe Carimi needed to make sure they protected Tolzien. Burish stayed for another 15 or 20 minutes or so afterward and posed for pictures with some of the players. See the photo gallery for more.