Practice Report No. 12

118.JPGThe Wisconsin football team went for 24 periods Wednesday night, completing its 12th practice of fall camp and crossing the halfway point in the process. The team went with half-packs after going with full pads earlier on Wednesday.

The Badgers are back to a single session tomorrow, going full pads for 30 periods at 2:35 p.m.

Receivers putting on a show
It was a good night for the receiving corps as multiple players made impressive plays.
Redshirt freshman Jared Abbrederis got things started with a fantastic catch down the sideline. On a pass by fellow redshirt freshman Jon Budmayr, Abbrederis fended off junior defensive back Devin Smith and made a one-handed grab over his shoulder.

"Jared's a competitive kid," head coach Bret Bielema said after practice. "He's trying to earn that [playing time]."

In a third-down drill, David Gilreath made the first of his two great grabs as he leaped over junior defensive back Antonio Fenelus on a deep bomb down the middle. As an added degree of difficulty, there were two other defenders right in the vicinity, but Gilreath still came down with the ball.

Later, as the team was in its two-minute drill, Gilreath hauled in a touchdown in the corner of the end zone as he went up and over senior Niles Brinkley.

Junior Nick Toon got in the act as well as he scored a touchdown, also against Brinkley. As part of the red zone drill, Toon ran an out route on a third-and-four from the six-yard line and fended off Brinkley to snare the ball.

Injury updates
Bielema updated the media after practice on some injuries currently plaguing the team.
Redshirt freshman Brian Wozniak suffered a fractured shoulder in Wednesday morning's practice after a collision with redshirt freshman Dezmen Southward. X-rays will be taken tomorrow to determine the severity and how long Wozniak will be out.

Senior Jay Valai has missed the last two practices after suffering a concussion and has since been kept out of team meetings until symptoms subside.

There was good news on the Mike Taylor front as his surgery revealed the knee damage wasn't as serious as originally thought. In fact, there's a chance he could be back in time for the opener against UNLV on Sept. 4.

"Any time you're dealing with a knee, you don't really know [the severity] until you get in there," Bielema said. "Mike will be back as soon as possible. I know that nobody wants to be out there more than him, but we're not going to rush him back because there's a lot of football after that."

X-rays on senior Blake Sorensen were negative and he had some soft tissue irritation above his calf. An MRI came up clean as well.

Kevin Zeitler was rolled up on in practice the other day, spraining his ankle, but plans to be back tomorrow. Potentially joining Zeitler could be redshirt freshman Jordan Kohout, though both could make their return on Friday as well.

Like Zeitler, redshirt freshman Conor O'Neill also suffered a sprained ankle but will likely be back in a day or two. Also close to coming back is junior Kevin Claxton, who is having back issues.

True freshman Marquis Mason was out of Wednesday night's practice has he dealt with a tendonitis issue that has battled him since high school. An MRI is scheduled for tomorrow.

Freshmen to see the field
True freshman James White has made some impressive runs in fall camp thus far and when Bielema was asked if the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native would see the field in 2010, he didn't hesitate.

"Absolutely," Bielema responded.

In addition to White, Bielema said that tight end Sherard Cadogan and wide receiver Manasseh Garner will all see playing time in the upcoming season.

The defensive side of the ball can also expect to see some true freshmen contribute.

"For sure Beau Allen," Bielema added. "We were going to make an evaluation on Josh [Harrison] after Saturday's scrimmage, but it looks like he's going to play. And then J-Mo [Jameson Wright] is the guy that's kind of intriguing. He's a long corner and we've got four corners that are playing pretty well, but he can really help us in all phases of the kicking game."
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