Practice Report No. 6

Saturday morning saw the Wisconsin football team embark on its sixth practice of the 2010 Fall Camp. It was a more extensive practice as the team spent the majority of its time in scrimmage situations with live referees in attendance. The No. 1 and No. 2 units each took part in roughly 40 plays.

"I really thought they competed," head coach Bret Bielema said of his team's play. "The offense had some success; defense had some success. We scrimmaged in the red zone, both good and bad, so there's a lot of learning out there."

The team practices again Saturday night at 8:15 p.m. before having Sunday off for Media Day. Check back to UWBadgers.com tomorrow for complete coverage of Media Day.

Ball_Run_FallCamp.jpgOffense starts strong, defense responds
The scrimmage situations started with a first-and-10 drill, followed by first and second down work. In these two drills, the offense dictated play. In particular, running backs Montee Ball and James White showcased their skills.

Ball had several nice runs, including one where he took a pitch left, eluded a few tacklers and reversed the field back for a big gain. Quarterback Scott Tolzien turned out to be the lead blocker after Ball reversed field, but due to his green no-contact jersey, he didn't throw any blocks. White showed his agility and good burst at the line of scrimmage, but also flashed some power as he ran over a defensive back on one play.

The defense turned things around though when the drill switched to third down situations. The No. 1 defense stopped the No. 1 offense on the first three third-down plays. When the second units came on, defensive back Conor O'Neill got himself a pair of interceptions. The first came on a diving grab near the sidelines, while the other landed in his hands on an overthrow.

The highlight for the offense in the third-down drills was White yet again. On a third-and-two play, White took a handoff off right tackle and burst up the sidelines for a big 68-yard gain.

Red Zone
The No. 1 and No. 2 units each got two series in the red zone with each offense scoring a touchdown and each defense picking off a pass. All four drives started at the 18-yard line.

The No. 1s were up first and the defense came up with the big play. Sitting first and goal at the one-yard line, Scott Tolzien threw to his right but Chris Borland stepped in front and made the pick before taking off the other way. In the No. 1's second series, the offense had a third-and-goal at the 10-yard line when Tolzien found Toon slanting toward the end zone. Aaron Henry gave Toon a pop, but the receiver held on for the score. A great blitz pickup by the line and running backs enabled Tolzien to get the pass off.

The No. 2 offense struck first after drawing a pass interference call on a third-and-seven. One play later, White grinded his way up the middle for the score. The ball popped out near the goal line, but the referee signaled touchdown. The defense responded on their next series as Marcus Cromartie picked off a pass in the back of the end zone on a third-down play.

Freshmen looking to make an impact
After practice, Bielema made note of several freshmen who could potentially make an impact this year.

"On offense, James White has continued to impress us the whole time," Bielema said. "Sherard Cadogan at tight end/fullback, Manasseh Garner at the wide receiver position and on defense there have been a couple of guys that will probably be in the mix, Beau Allen and Kyle Costigan on the defensive line; really probably nobody at defensive end. Josh Harrison at the linebacker position and in the back a combination of Jameson Wright, Peniel Jean and Frank Tamakloe did some nice stuff today."

Notes
The No. 1 offensive line was Gabe Carimi at left tackle, John Moffitt at left guard, Peter Konz at center, Kevin Zeitler at right guard and Josh Oglesby at right tackle, while the No. 2 unit was Casey Dehn at left tackle, Ryan Groy next to him, Travis Frederick in the center, Bill Nagy at right guard and Ricky Wagner at right tackle ... on the defensive line, the No. 1 unit was Louis Nzegwu and J.J. Watt at defensive end with Patrick Butrym, Ethan Hemer and Eriks Briedis at the tackle spots, backing them up were Tyler Dippel, Pat Muldoon and David Gilbert on the ends and Kyle Costigan and Beau Allen inside ... with Mike Taylor out with an injury, Blake Sorensen joined Chris Borland and Culmer St. Jean at linebacker, while the second unit was Kevin Rouse, Ethan Armstrong, A.J. Fenton and Kevin Claxton