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Practice Report No. 4

Kendricks_TD_Catch_Fall.jpgAs temperatures stayed in the upper 80s and low 90s for the fourth day in a row, the Wisconsin football team completed their fourth practice of 2010 Fall Camp on Thursday. The Badgers were in half-packs (shoulder pads and helmets) for the second day in a row as they took part in 30 periods of work.

The team will suit up in full pads for the first time tomorrow. Practice is set for 2:35 p.m. again.

Importance of the red zone
After practice on Thursday, head coach Bret Bielema stressed the importance of the red zone to his team. He said that the offense can't afford to have any turnovers, while the defense could change the fate of the game should they force the over team to turn it over.

This talk came after the team spent a great deal of time working in the red zone throughout the day. It started with a seven-on-seven red zone drill, but they were back at it soon after as the whole team participated.

The No. 1 units went up against each other with the offense scoring on two of the four series. The No. 2 units also paired up as the defense forced a pair of three-and-outs.

Senior wide receiver David Gilreath got the first score for the No. 1 unit, making a great catch on a perfect fade pass from senior quarterback Scott Tolzien. Facing senior defensive back Niles Brinkley, Gilreath timed his jump perfectly to haul in the 12-yard score.

The next drive for the No. 1s started at the 10-yard line. Sophomore running back Montee Ball started it off with a four-yard run, but he wasn't as lucky on the next play. Junior defensive end J.J. Watt burst through the line on second down and leveled Ball in the back field. There's a limited contact rule in practice, but Watt's momentum was too strong to avoid a collision.

After two series by the No. 2 units, the No. 1s came back out again and the offense found the end zone for a second time. Junior running back John Clay took the first two handoffs and gained three yards each time. The next play saw Ball pick up the blitz to allow Tolzien enough time to hit junior wideout Nick Toon on a 12-yard skinny post route.

The defense got things back on the final series though as, on third down, junior defensive back Aaron Henry made a diving play to knock a pass away on third down in the back of the end zone.

Play of the day
Staying with the red zone theme, Lance Kendricks gets the honor Thursday. On the first play of seven-on-seven in the red zone, Kendricks made a sprawling 18-yard grab in the back of the end zone as he ran from left to right. Check out the photo at the top of the page to see for yourself.