Practice Report No. 9

The Wisconsin football team practiced under the lights in Camp Randall Stadium for the second time this fall on Monday night, completing a 24-period session right around 9:30 p.m. It was the second practice of the day after going for 28 periods in the morning.

"I thought the guys had some good preparation," head coach Bret Bielema said. "We had a double-day today so we were able to get some corrections in the morning and come back under the lights."

The team is back to just one practice on Tuesday afternoon at 2:35 p.m.

Toon_Brinkley_8_16.JPGTwo-minute drill
For the first time this fall the Badgers practiced their two-minute offense, but neither the No. 1 or No. 2 offense was able to convert for the go-ahead score.

The No. 1 unit, which started at their own 28-yard line with 1:44 on the clock and trailing 17-13, faced a fourth-and-one at the 37 but Scott Tolzien found Nick Toon on the far sideline for a 25-yard pickup. The drive stalled from there though and the final play came as Chris Borland picked up a sack.

The series for the No. 2 offense lasted six plays as safety Conor O'Neill jumped a route and picked off an errant pass from Jon Budmayr. That followed a 15-yard completion from Budmayr to Jared Abbrederis.

"That was the first time we had worked the two-minute, you can tell we need to work in that department," Bielema said.

Red zone
The team practiced moving the ball in the red zone Monday evening and both offenses combined to go four-for-eight between the two units.

The first strike came just two plays into the drill as Tolzien found tight end Lance Kendricks down the middle for an 18-yard score. The No. 1 defense came back though to force a three-and-out as Louis Nzegwu batted down a Tolzien pass at the line on a third-and-five.

Budmayr directed a pair of scoring drives inside the red zone with the No. 2 offense. The first score came when Budmayr found running back James White with a perfectly lofted pass over White's shoulder as he ran a wheel route into the end zone. It took just three plays on the second attempt for the No. 2s as Budmayr delivered a strike to Abbrederis for the touchdown.

The No. 1 offense struck again in just two plays as, after a 10-yard run by Tolzien, the senior quarterback connected with David Gilreath on a 12-yard out route. Gilreath was able to get open as Antonio Fenelus slipped on the turf. Fenelus atoned for his mistake though on the next series as he intercepted Tolzien to end the series.

The No. 2 defense ended the drill by getting a pair of three-and-outs on the next two series.

Mason shows his skills
True freshman Marquis Mason was a first-team all-state basketball player as a senior and he showed some of those skills on Monday night when he lined up at wide receiver for the Badgers. Mason made a pair of tough grabs in the end zone, both times having to leap over defenders to make the grab. He first went up and over Marcus Cromartie and then later did the same thing to Peniel Jean.

Notes
Blake Sorensen did not practice due to an issue with his calf, but Bielema did not consider it to be signifciant ... Aaron Henry and Pat Muldoon will not take part in the second portion of two-a-days ... Brendan Kelly has been removed from the 105-man fall camp roster as he tends to a groin injury. Coddye Ring-Noonan replaced Kelly on the roster