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Practice Report No. 5

The Wisconsin football team went full pads for the first time in fall camp on Friday, unfortunately rain pushed everything inside for the 25-period practice. It was coming down hard outside, but the team got in its two-hour practice as a lead up to tomorrow, where the team will practice twice in the same day for the first time this year.

Saturday morning's practice will be highlighted by a scrimmage with live contact. That session begins at 9:15 a.m., while Saturday night's practice is set for an 8:15 p.m. start.

Special_Teams.JPGBeating the heat
The rain in Madison on Friday cooled everything down and forced the Badgers inside, but head coach Bret Bielema was pleased with the way his team handled the first four days of practice outside in the scorching heat.

"The guys have been grinding this week," he said. "It's been very, very hot but I've been pleased. Yesterday was a very, very hot practice and our guys just pushed through it. Nobody bailed out, nobody slouched on any work; they just kept grinding.

"We haven't really had any cramping, hydration or heat things come up. It really shows me that not only that they are taking care of their business here, but when they're away from here, the hydration, getting off their feet, the cool tub, they're maximizing everything."

From the infirmary
Mike Taylor did not participate in practice on Friday, and Bielema is unsure of his return date.

"Mike is still actually a bit of a work in progress," Bielema said. "We don't really know how long, he won't scrimmage tomorrow, and whether he plays next week is up in the air right now."

As a refresher, Taylor's 2009 season was cut short against Iowa when he tore his ACL.

Defensive lineman Jordan Kohout had x-rays taken on his knee but they came back negative.

"He'll be back at some point," Bielema said of Kohout's timetable to return. "Hopefully at the beginning part of next week, if not midweek."

Kohout had been with the No. 1 unit on defense at the tackle spot. In his stead, Bielema mentioned true freshmen Beau Allen and Kyle Costigan, as well as redshirt freshman Ethan Hemer and sophomore Eriks Briedis as players that have taken an equal amount of Kohout's reps.

"Tomorrow you really hope a couple of guys separate themselves and merit getting a lot of the reps," Bielema added.

Play of the day
The play went as an incomplete pass, an overthrow to tight end Jacob Pedersen as he streaked down the sidelines. So what qualifies it as the play of the day? The fact that defensive end Louis Nzegwu provided blanket coverage on the play, matching Pedersen step-for-step, gives this play top honors on Friday.
While the thought of a d-lineman playing so far down field may seem hard to believe, that Nzegwu was able to do so shouldn't be too big of a surprise. At Platteville High School, Nzegwu was first-team all-state, all-area and all-conference as a running back. He ran for 3,315 yards and 39 touchdowns in his career and was rated among the top 60 backs in the nation by Rivals.com. It looks as though Nzegwu hasn't lost that athleticism.