Practice Report No. 20

IMG_1451.jpgIt was a short practice for the top two units, going for only 20 periods in half-packs on Wednesday. The younger players, on the other hand, were in full pads and went for about 24 periods, getting extra work in over the final four periods.

Thursday's practice schedule calls 30 periods in full pads beginning at 2:35 p.m.

Two-Minute Drill
The No. 1 offense went up against the No. 2 defense, needing to go 78 yards and score a touchdown with 1:53 showing on the clock.

The offense picked up its initial first down on a five-yard scramble by Scott Tolzien and a five-yard pass from Tolzien to Lance Kendricks. On the next set of downs, a pass was incomplete to David Gilreath and Kevin Claxton broke up a pass intended for Kendricks. Faced with a third-and-10, Tolzien hit Jared Abbrederis for a 23-yard pickup to move the ball to the defense's 45-yard line. A pass to Kyle Jefferson gained two yards on the next play but the clock kept moving. Fortunately, Tolzien found Kendricks for 11 yards to momentarily freeze the clock.

An incomplete pass was followed by yet another breakup by Claxton, making it third-and-10 at the opposing 32. Just like the last time they were in this situation, Tolzien went to Kendricks and the tight end picked up 14 yards to move the chains. Jefferson then caught a six-yard pass and got out of bounds to stop the clock. At the 12-yard line, Abbrederis ran a post route and was able to hang out to Tolzien's pass to score with just 21 seconds showing on the clock. The efficient drive covered 78 yards in 12 plays and 1:32.

The No. 1 defense took its turn next and came up with an interception by Devin Smith followed by a sack by Chris Borland on the second drive to end things.

Special teams work
The Badgers covered all aspects of their special teams on Wednesday, including work on recovering and defending against onside kicks.

The No. 1 "hands team" consisted of Niles Brinkley, Chris Borland, Lance Kendricks, Nick Toon, Conor O'Neill, Blake Sorensen, Jay Valai, Bradie Ewing, Jacob Pedersen, Antonio Fenelus and Aaron Henry.

Also, the team got work on punt return coverage, including at least one play that saw the scout team run a fake punt.

This and that
David Gilreath and Valai were both wearing green, non-contact jerseys. It was Valai's second day back from a concussion, while it was Gilreath's first practice since suffering a minor concussion of his own. When the team began its skelly drill, Bielema poked fun at the 5'9 Valai and 5'11 Gilreath, shouting out, "No contact for Gilreath and Valai. Anyone under 5'10, leave them alone."

Sitting out of practice were Mike Taylor, Culmer St. Jean and Isaac Anderson. Taylor and St. Jean were seen working on the sidelines, while, in their place, the No. 1 linebackers were Chris Borland, Blake Sorensen and Claxton.

Devin Smith was taking some reps with the No. 1 unit.

Bill Nagy returned to practice, getting reps on the No. 1 unit at right guard. The rest of the line was Gabe Carimi at left tackle, John Moffitt at left guard, Peter Konz at center and Josh Oglesby at right tackle.

As the team took one of its water breaks, the video board turned on and a certain wide receiver, running back and defensive back appeared singing a Boyz II Men song. The video was shot on the team's media day and will likely be seen at some point during the season at Camp Randall Stadium. It seemed to go over well with their teammates.