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Practice Report No. 17

After taking Sunday off for Family Fun Day, the Badger football team was back at it again Monday morning, taking part in the first of two practices scheduled for the day. The team went for 28 periods in full pads.

The Badgers return to the field tonight for a 24-period practice in half-packs.

IMG_0670.jpgBig Ten Network in attendance
There was an extra presence in the stadium on Monday, as the Big Ten Network was in attendance to film practice for its 2010 Big Ten Football Tour. Madison is the final stop for the crew, which has been on the road since Aug. 8.

After practice, head coach Bret Bielema, quarterback Scott Tolzien, running back John Clay and defensive end J.J. Watt all sat down individually with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith to answer questions and preview the season. This afternoon, offensive linemen Gabe Carimi and John Moffitt are scheduled to play a session of "Teammates."

The show is set to air next Monday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. (CT) on the Big Ten Network.

Back in action
Linebackers Blake Sorensen and Kevin Claxton, defensive lineman Jordan Kohout and safety Conor O'Neill all returned from injuries and were participating fully in practice after missing time with various injuries.

Sorensen had been dealing with a calf injury since last week, while Claxton was dealing with back issues.

Kohout missed time with a bone bruise on his knee and O'Neill was out due to a sprained ankle.

Move the ball
The defenses gave up just two touchdowns on seven drives in the "move the ball" drill, riding momentum from Saturday's bend but don't break performance on Saturday.

On the first drive featuring the No. 1 offense and defense, the offense picked up a first down on second-and-eight as Nick Toon took a swing pass for eight yards. After a bat-down by Watt, Clay took a handoff off left tackle for six yards to make it third-and-four. On the next play, linebacker Chris Borland continued his strong fall camp as blitzed off the right side to sack Tolzien and end the drive.

Starting at its own 34-yard line, Jon Budmayr found Jeff Duckworth and Sherard Cadogan for back-to-back eight-yard passes to get to midfield, but three plays later the drive ended on an incomplete pass on third-and-six.

The No. 1 units' next drive started at the defense's 31-yard line. One play after losing a yard, Montee Ball took a sweep left and picked up 11 yards for the first down. Next, Jared Abbrederis got it on a reverse for an additional 13 yards. Facing a first-and-goal at the nine, Tolzien used a nice play-action pass to find Toon on a scoring strike. Running off the field, Tolzien told his offensive linemen, "Way to sell it," as they did their part on the deception as well.

After the No. 2 offense went three-and-out on two straight drives, the No. 1 unit went back against the No. 1 defense and needed just two plays to cover 61 yards. Starting at the 39-yard line, Tolzien hit Toon for a big 43-yard completion, though there was murmuring on the sidelines of a potential push-off by Toon on Antonio Fenelus. With no call however, the offense set up shop at the 18-yard line. On the next play, Lance Kendricks was wide open down the middle and Tolzien found him for the score.

The No. 1 defense got its revenge on the next drive, which started in the red zone at the defense's 18-yard line. A one-yard run by Clay was followed by a nine-yard reception by Abbrederis. Tolzien almost hooked up with Kendricks again in the end zone, but Fenelus was there to knock the ball out of the tight end's hands. On the next play, Shelton Johnson picked off Tolzien's pass at the goal line and took off the other way for what likely would've been a touchdown.