Practice Report No. 3

After spending the first two days of practice in helmets, the Wisconsin football team took it one step further by donning shoulder pads for its third practice of 2010 Fall Camp on Wednesday. The team practiced for 30 periods outside in Camp Randall Stadium in the scorching heat.

The players are out again on Thursday at 2:35 p.m. in half-packs for the fourth practice of the fall.

Jefferson_Kyle_Fall_Camp_1.jpgLet the hitting commence
Since today was the first day with pads on, the players finally were able to make contact with one another. Things got started early in practice as the running backs went up against the linebackers in a blitz/blitz pickup drill. The defenders' goal was to reach the tackling dummy, while the running backs had to stop them.

It didn't seem to matter which side of the ball it was on, but the upperclassmen had the upper hand on this day. Linebackers like sophomores Chris Borland and Mike Taylor showcased their one-on-one skills to reach the dummy, while junior running back John Clay was able to force back the blitzing linebacker during his rep.

Defense dictates "move the ball"
Wednesday also marked the debut of the "move the ball" drill, but on this day the defense didn't allow the ball to move too much.

The No. 1 offense went up against the No. 1 defense, but went three-and-out each time due largely to the play of junior defensive end J.J. Watt. After a one-yard run by sophomore running back Montee Ball and a five-yard reception by junior wide receiver Nick Toon, the offense faced a third-and-four. Watt stopped the play in the backfield though as he beat a double-team to touch Clay.

The tackle for loss brought up a new set of downs, but Watt continued to excel. On the first play he again got the TFL, this time stopping senior running back Zach Brown for a loss of two yards. On second-and-12, Watt and junior defensive end Louis Nzegwu broke the pocket down and Nzegwu was able to bat the pass down at the line.

The defensive line knocked down three other passes during the drill, including two by sophomore David Gilbert and one by Patrick Butrym.

Play of the Day
Senior wide receiver Kyle Jefferson gets the honors today. In the team's seven-on-seven drill, Jefferson went up in the air and caught the ball at his highest point, fending off defensive back Marcus Cromartie to haul in a long reception.


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