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Practice Report No. 22

The Badgers practiced for 26 periods on Friday morning in preparation for a mock game that will take place late Friday afternoon.

After practice, head coach Bret Bielema said that the team may get Saturday off if all goes well in the mock game.

Special Teams Talk
David Gilreath has been the mainstay at punt returner and kickoff returner for the Badgers, but there may be a changing of the guard in 2010. Bielema said that true freshman James White will likely get some looks at the spot.

"David has done a lot of good things, but James has shown some things in both of those situations that I think merit an opportunity for him," Bielema said.

Even the prospect of having the first game of the year on the road hasn't changed Bielema's mindset.

"I think James is probably going to get in offensively before he gets in on that situation, but he's definitely shown his ability," Bielema said. "He doesn't really get fazed by many things."

As for those that will be blocking for White or Gilreath, Bielema said that anyone could be used, but some starters are likely to see the field on special teams.

"We were very clear with our guys at the start of camp and where we are now that anyone that puts on a uniform that day is going to be open for special teams," he said. "I think there are certain guys who will be limited to two units, but it's fun to watch them grow.

"There are a lot of guys that have taken a lot of pride in those units and the coaches have challenged them in meetings, so hopefully good things will happen."

As a whole, Bielema is expecting for improvements across the board on special teams.

"It's the first play of our offensive or defensive series," he explained. "Anytime we are in coverage we say that it's the first play of defense. In kick coverage, any time we stop someone behind the 20-yard line, we say it's an equivalent to a tackle for loss.

Injury update
On the injury front, Bielema said that Culmer St. Jean and Mike Taylor will be back to practice either later today or on Sunday when the team goes in spiders (light pads and helmet) , in order to get acclimated to the speed of the game.

Taylor hasn't been doing anything football related, Bielema said. He's mostly been running to stay in shape.

On offense, Kevin Zeitler will not participate in the mock game, but is expected back on Monday. Fellow offensive lineman Bill Nagy was full-go Friday morning.

Isaac Anderson is still battling a turf toe injury. As a result, has taken roughly a week off in order to rest. Bielema added the Anderson likely could have practiced today, but instead will be held out until Sunday or Monday.