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Scrimmage caps first half of spring practice

The Badgers reached the halfway point of spring drills Saturday, using their seventh practice session to conduct a full-contact scrimmage inside Camp Randall Stadium.

"Did it feel good to get out there and play some football?" head coach Bret Bielema asked his team after the 24-period practice held under sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-60s. Bielema met with the media after practice, and video of his complete remarks can be found above.

The tailback tandem of junior James White and redshirt freshman Melvin Gordon stood out, with each breaking long runs, including one that saw White slip through a hole opened on the right side of the offensive line by RT Casey Dehn and RG Robert Burge. The other offensive highlight was a leaping touchdown catch for TE Sam Arneson as the Badgers operated their offense in the red zone late in the scrimmage.

On the defensive side of the ball, LB Derek Watt found himself in on several plays, while DB Dezmen Southward picked off a pass that he returned down the sideline.

With two weeks remaining until the 2012 Wisconsin Football Spring Game, the Badgers resume practice Monday with a session in half-pack before returning to full pads for practices Tuesday, Thursday and next Saturday.