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  Friday, August 24

As the countdown clocks in the Badgers' locker room and meeting spaces tick down toward next Saturday's season-opener, the team will attempt to simulate a game day on Friday.

The Badgers will drill in a short practice session Friday morning before meeting up again in the evening for a mock game inside Camp Randall that will serve to acclimate newcomers to the team's gameday itinerary.

Also Friday, our position-by-position look at the Badgers continues with associate head coach Thomas Hammock discussing the Badgers' depth at running back.

Position Preview: RB Small Video Graphic


Daily Headlines
• Madison.com: Notes: Matthias in mix at right guard
• Madison.com: Garner transfers to Pitt
• Madison.com: Landisch not reserved by any measure
• JSOnline: UW's Matthias a contender at right guard
• JSOnline: UW wants coverage upgrade
• FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Matthias 'really coming along' at RG
• ESPNWisconsin.com: Notes: Right guard still open
• ESPNWisconsin.com: Johnson hopes to lead consistent secondary


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Important Dates 
• Sunday, Aug. 6: Players report
• Monday, Aug. 7: Practice begins
• Sunday, Aug. 12: UW Media Day
• Sunday, Aug. 19: Family Fun Day
• Saturday, Sept. 1: Season-opener vs. UNI

Wisconsin Logo  Practice Schedule
 8/6 2:35 p.m. Practice #1 - Helmets
 8/7 2:35 p.m. Practice #2 - Helmets
 8/8 2:35 p.m. Practice #3 - Half-Pack
 8/9 2:35 p.m. Practice #4 - Half-Pack
 8/10 2:35 p.m. Practice #5 - Full Pads
 8/11 9:20 a.m. Practice #6 - Full Pads
  7:30 p.m. Practice #7 - Half-Pack
 8/13 9:20 a.m. Practice #8 - Full Pads
  7:30 p.m. Practice #9 - Half-Pack
 8/14 2:35 p.m. Practice #10 - Full Pads
 8/15 9:20 a.m. Practice #11 - Full Pads
  7:30 p.m. Practice #12 - Half-Pack
 8/16 2:35 p.m. Practice #13 - Full Pads
 8/17 9:20 a.m. Practice #14 - Full Pads
  7:30 p.m. Practice #15 - Half-Pack
 8/18 2:35 p.m. Practice #16 - Full Pads
 8/20 9:20 a.m. Practice #17 - Full Pads
  7:30 p.m. Practice #18 - Half-Pack
 8/21 2:35 p.m. Practice #19 - Full Pads
 8/22 2:35 p.m. Practice #20 - Full Pads
 8/23 2:35 p.m. Practice #21 - Full Pads
 8/24 2:35 p.m. Practice #22 - Full Pads
 8/25 2:35 p.m. Practice #23 - Full Pads

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Wisconsin   Thursday, August 23

After some early-morning work in the weight room, the Badgers were greeted by a shortened schedule for Thursday's practice. After their abbreviated session, head coach Bret Bielema surprised the players with a chance to cool off -- a team trip to a local swimming pool -- before they reconvene for a full day of work Friday.

Bielema Post-Practice Small Video Graphic

Varsity - August 23, 2012The latest edition of Varsity, the free weekly online magazine, includes a profile of LT Rick Wagner and plenty more football content.

Varsity Magazine: Next in Line

• Lucas: 'Interview' wins job for O'Brien
• Alvarez: Final phase of camp never easy
• Lepay: What to watch for in opener
Rick Wagner: Right fit at left tackle
• Inside Football: Leadership in place

Daily Headlines

• UWBadgers.com: Lucas: Election a high honor for captains
• ESPN.com: Video: Wisconsin's Montee Ball
• Madison.com: Ball grateful for vote of confidence
• JSOnline: Kohout returns as volunteer coach with Badgers
• ESPNWisconsin.com: Abbrederis...then who?
• ESPNWisconsin.com: Allen: 'I can be really good'


Wisconsin   Wednesday, August 22

Things got a little more specific for the Badgers on Wednesday as they began delving into preparation for their opener against Northern Iowa. The team conducted a 30-period practice in full pads at Camp Randall before the Badgers' newly-named captains -- LT Rick Wagner, C Travis Frederick, RB Montee Ball, LB Chris Borland, LB Mike Taylor and S Shelton Johnson -- met with members of the media after practice.

• Photos: Practice No. 20

Wednesday also marked the release of the much-anticipated second episode of The Camp 2012. The second installment of the four-week, behind-the-scenes series offers an inside look at three players being awarded scholarships, some of the volunteer work being done during camp and exclusive highlights of UW's scrimmage.

The Camp: Week 2 Small Video Graphic

Daily Headlines
• ESPN.com: O'Brien set for clean slate at Wisconsin
• ESPN.com: Big Ten rankings: No. 8, Chris Borland
• Madison.com: Jackson comes back stronger after injury
• JSOnline: Coach shows, demands intensity in receivers
• JSOnline: UW linebacker Taylor returns to practice
• FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Ball named captain
• ESPNWisconsin.com: Pedersen: I'd like to be a secret


Wisconsin   Tuesday, August 21

The Badgers practiced again Tuesday inside Camp Randall Stadium as they begia their push toward targeted preparation for their Sept. 1 season-opener against Northern Iowa.

With two-a-days in the rearview mirror, the Badgers practiced Tuesday afternoon before diving into prep work for UNI on Wednesday.

Also Tuesday, our position-by-position preview series continues with new tight ends coach Eddie Faulkner discussing his group.

Position Preview: TE Small Video Graphic

Daily Headlines

• UWBadgers.com: Lucas: 'Interview' wins staring job for O'Brien
• UWBadgers.com: Bielema releases initial depth chart
• Madison.com: Careful nation pays off for O'Brien
• Madison.com: Russell No. 1 kicker, but competition ongoing
• JSOnline: O'Brien is accurate choice for UW
• JSOnline: Costigan, Voltz battle for guard spot
• JSOnline: Expect Russell, French to battle for FG job
• FoxSportsWisconsin.com: O'Brien next in line to lead offense
• ESPNWisconsin.com: O'Brien 'honored' to be named starter
• ESPNWisconsin.com: New helmet rule in play this season


Wisconsin   Monday, August 20

After solidifying several spots in personnel meetings Sunday, UW head coach Bret Bielema released his initial depth chart on Monday. After the Badgers drilled in their 17th practice of Fall Camp, Bielema met with the media to discuss the depth chart and other developments from practice. QB Danny O'Brien, who was annoucned as the Badgers' starter for the Sept. 1 opener against Northern Iowa, was also interviewed after practice.

Depth Chart Get    Acrobat  Reader  |  Photos: Practice No. 17

Bielema Post-Practice Small Video Graphic  |  O'Brien Post-Practice Small Video Graphic

Daily Headlines

• UWBadgers.com: Lucas: Fredrick catches on at WR
• SI.com: Big Ten 2012 Conference Report
• ESPN.com: Badgers adapt to coaching moves
• ESPN.com: Video: Big Ten conference preview
• Madison.com: Bielema names O'Brien No. 1 quarterback
• Madison.com: Big goal for UW: Stop big plays
• JSOnline: O'Brien wins starting quarterback job
• JSOnline: O'Brien learned valuable lessons at Maryland
• JSOnline: UW motivated despite Penn State, OSU troubles


Wisconsin   Sunday, August 19


An enormous crowd of 10,000 fans turned out for the Badgers' annual Family Fun Day on Sunday, cramming into Camp Randall for photos and autograph opportunities with their favorite players. After the festivities, the Badgers took their team photo before heading off campus for a team bonding event.

• Photos: Family Fun Day

Daily Headlines

• Madison.com: RB Jackson among true freshmen in mix
• Madison.com: O'Brien appears to have edge at QB


Wisconsin   Saturday, August 18

Bret Bielema put his team through the paces with a high-tempo scrimmage inside Camp Randall as the Badgers attempt to work out the final details on the depth chart. Bielema met with the media after practice to offer updates on the scrimmage.

Bielema Post-Practice Small Video Graphic

Daily Headlines

• UWBadgers.com: Lucas: Burge, Costigan battle at RG
• Madison.com: Russell, French toe-to-toe for kicking role
• JSOnline: Walk-on punter Meyer a big hit so far
• JSOnline: Wagner has grown into role as line's anchor
• JSOnline: Specialists kick up performances


Wisconsin   Friday, August 17

The build-up to Wisconsin's first scrimmage of the fall concludes with a pair of light practice sessions Friday inside Camp Randall. The Badgers drilled for just over two hours Friday morning and met again for a short session in the evening.

• Photos: Practice No. 14

Our position-by-position preview continues, as Mike Lucas sits down with new linebackers coach Andy Buh to discuss the depth in his position group.

Position Preview: LB Small Video Graphic

Daily Headlines

• UWBadgers.com: Lucas: With help, Knox makes way to Madison
• ESPN.com: Big Ten offenses are spread out
• Associated Press: Badgers aim high, need QB and Ball bounceback
• BTN.com: Top 5 Quarterbacks of the BTN Era  |  TE  |  RB
• Madison.com: Borland sets sights on sacks
• Madison.com: Borland looks rusty -- as kicker
• JSOnline: O'Brien shines; Costigan works with No. 1 line
• JSOnline: Freshman back Jackson impresses UW coaches
• JSOnline: Abbrederis mentoring UW's young receivers
• FoxSportsWisconsin.com: O'Brien still fighting off QB competition
• ESPNWisconsin.com: Healthy Garner ready to make an impact


Wisconsin   Thursday, August 16

After a long day at Camp Randall on Wednesday, the Badgers officially moved into the second half of Fall Camp 2012 when they convened for a single afternoon practice on Thursday.

• Photos: Practice No. 13

Back by popular demand, the second season of UWBadgers.com's inside access series "The Camp" debuted late Wednesday with an episode covering the Badgers' first week of Fall Camp 2012. The series specifically follows OL Travis Frederick, DL David Gilbert and the Badgers' linebackers.

The Camp 2012: Week One Small Video Graphic

Varsity - August 16, 2012The latest edition of Varsity, the free weekly online magazine, offers a look at the battle to be Badgers' starting QB.

Varsity Magazine: The QB Question

• Lucas: Respect for Ball abounds
Alvarez: Exposure shows perception
Lepay: A battle for the 'greatest position'
The Badgers' battle for QB shapes up
Armstrong gunning for starting job

Daily Headlines

• UWBadgers.com: Lucas: Watt embracing move to fullback
• ESPN.com: 2012 Heisman Watch
• ESPN.com: Big Ten Heisman campaigns
• BTN.com: Top 5 Tight Ends of the BTN Era  |  RB
• Madison.com: Havenstein's a lean, mean blocking machine
• Madison.com: Hard work pays off for pair
• JSOnline: Rushing the passer a rush for UW's Borland
• JSOnline: Bruise temporarily sidelines receiver Fredrick
• FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Linebacker earns scholarship
• FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Watt will try hand at fullback
• ESPNWisconsin.com: California cool, Wisconsin style


Wisconsin   Wednesday, August 15

It was another double day for the Badgers on Wednesday, as the team faced a short morning practice in full pads before returing to drill again under the lights at Camp Randall Stadium. Head coach Bret Bielema met with the media following the second practice to offer some updates.

Bielema Post-Practice Small Video Graphic

With Fall Camp nearing the halfway mark, Mike Lucas of UWBadgers.com and the Voice of the Badgers, Matt Lepay, sat down to discuss some of the hot topics surrounding the Badgers as they continue to prepare for their Sept. 1 season-opener.

Badger Breakdown: Fall Camp Small Video Graphic

Daily Headlines
• ESPN.com: Being Plan B is A-OK for James White
• BTN.com: BTN Football Preview Tour Interviews
• Madison.com: Fredrick epitomizes `Wisconsin player' mantra
• Madison.com: Mini scrimmage highlights workouts
• JSOnline: UW's White answers role call
• JSOnline: Freshman Voltz hopes to find way onto field
• ESPNWisconsin.com: Changing of the guard?
• FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Where's the beef? Try Camp Randall


Wisconsin   Tuesday, August 14

Ball takes handoff from O'Brien

After hitting the field twice Monday to open the second week of preseason camp, the Badgers return to Camp Randall on Tuesday for an afternoon practice session in full pads.

• Photos: Practice No. 10

BTN's stop at practice Monday morning is being used to produce the latest installment of the network's "Big Ten Football Preview Tour" on the Badgers, which debuts at 9 p.m. (CT) Tuesday evening. The one-hour show will be available on BTN and via BTN2Go.

BTN Football Preview Tour - Wisconsin Small Video Graphic

Daily Headlines
• BTN.com: Dienhart: My thoughts from Wisconsin practice
• Madison.com: Badgers' Armstrong ready to take a stand
• Madison.com: Caputo, Hillary impress at safety positions
• Madison.com: Fredrick makes move to be starting receiver
• Madison.com: O'Brien looks to lead QB derby
• JSOnline: UW's quarterback battle heats up
• JSOnline: Allen slowed by ankle injury; Hammond out with concussion
• JSOnline: Fredrick moving up in Badgers' receiving line


Wisconsin   Monday, August 13

Though they're through the first of three weeks of Fall Camp 2012, the grind truly begins Monday for the Badgers. The team opens a stretch of nine practices over the next six days with a pair of sessions inside Camp Randall.

Head coach Bret Bielema met with local media following the Badgers' morning practice session.

Bielema Post-Practice Small Video Graphic  |  Photos: Practice No. 8 

In the third installment of our position-by-position preview, Mike Lucas sits down with new offensive line coach Mike Markuson to discuss the development of the O-line.

Position Preview: OL Small Video Graphic

The BTN crew of Dave Revsine, Howard Griffith, Gerry DiNardo and BTN.com writer Tom Dienhart also made a stop in Madison on Monday for the Big Ten Football Tour special on the Badgers that will air at 9 p.m. (CT) Tuesday.

Storify: BTN pays a visit to Camp Randall

Daily Headlines
• UWBadgers.com: Armstrong returns looking to make a leap
• BTN.com: Football Tour: What to expect from Wisconsin
• Madison.com: Ball's assualt unlikely to affect team's focus
• Madison.com: Ball says attack was 'bad place, wrong time'
• Madison.com: Linebacker Watt switched to fullback
• JSOnline: Ball says he's recovered from attack
• JSOnline: Badgers explore smaller players as blockers for punter
• FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Badgers aiming for third Rose Bowl


Wisconsin   Sunday, August 12

After logging seven practices over the first six days of Fall Camp, the Badgers got a break from drills Sunday for UW's annual media day inside Camp Randall Stadium.

Head coach Bret Bielema opened with a news conference before members of the team were available for interviews, including senior RB Montee Ball.

Bielema News Conference Small Video Graphic  |  Transcript

Montee Ball Interview Small Video Graphic  |  Photos: Media Day

Daily Headlines
• UWBadgers.com: Ball turns attention to what's ahead
• Madison.com: O'Brien hopes to make immediate impact
• JSOnline: LB Armstrong returns after surgery on hips
• JSOnline: Walk-on Schobert impresses UW staff
• ESPNWisconsin.com: UW specialists coming into focus?
• ESPNWisconsin.com: Gilbert, Smith ready for action
• ESPN.com: Russell Wilson shines as Seahawks top Titans


Wisconsin   Saturday, August 11

UWBadgers.com's position-by-position look at the Badgers continues with the defensive line. Associate head coach and co-defensive coordinator Charlie Partridge sat down with Mike Lucas to break down his unit.

Position Preview: DL Small Video Graphic

After putting on the pads for the first time Friday, the Badgers took another step on Saturday with their first scheduled two-a-day practices. The team drilled in full pads during a morning session and then returned to Camp Randall for an evening practice in half-pack.

• Photos: Fall Practice No. 6

Daily Headlines
• Madison.com: Long student of game, Kelly adds grizzle
• Madison.com: Ball returns to practice, won't face contact
• JSOnline: UW's Herring bulks up for bigger role
• JSOnline: Ball should don full pads on Monday
• FoxSportsWisconsin.com: UW may limit Abbrederis


Wisconsin   Friday, August 10

The start of what head coach Bret Bielema likes to call "Real American Football" arrived Friday for the Badgers, who practiced in full pads for the first time during an afternoon session inside Camp Randall Stadium. After practice, Bielema met with the media to discuss the progress of RB Montee Ball and offer status updats on a number of position battles.

Bielema Post Practice Small Video Graphic  |  Photos: Fall Practice No. 5

Before the Badgers opened camp Monday, Bielema sat down with UWBadgers.com Insider Mike Lucas to preview Fall Camp and the upcoming season for the latest issue of Varsity magazine.

Bielema Previews 2012 Small Video Graphic  |  Varsity Magazine - Aug. 9

Also Friday, the crew from SiriusXM College Sports Nation made a stop at Camp Randall as part of their first College Football Camp Tour. Hear what some of the Badgers had to say on the air:

• Audio: Bret Bielema http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif  |  Barry Alvarez http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif
• Audio: James White http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif  |  Jared Abbrederis http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif

Daily Headlines

• CBSSports.com: What Ball has to do to win Heisman
• ESPNWisconsin.com: O'Brien staying within himself
• ESPNWisconsin.com: Phillips determined to compete
• Madison.com: Starting spot would be a start for Burge
• FoxSportsWisconsin.com: DL working on explosiveness


Wisconsin   Thursday, August 9

The final day before they put on the full pads saw the Badgers face inclement weather once again inside Camp Randall, where they practiced for 30 periods

Also Thursday, UWBadgers.com began its roll-out of position-by-position previews with each of the Badgers' assistant coaches. The series begins with first-year wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni:

Position Preview: WR Small Video Graphic  |  Photos: Fall Practice No. 4

Daily Headlines
• SI.com: 2012 Preseason All-America Team
• ESPN.com: Video: Wisconsin LB Mike Taylor
• Madison.com: Phillips upbeat, ready to compete for spot
• JSOnline: UW defense boosted by returns of Gilbert, Smith
• JSOnline: Burge trying to hold off Costigan at right guard

Varsity - August 9The latest edition of Varsity, the free weekly online magazine, offers an exclusive interview with head coach Bret Bielema previewing the season.

Varsity Magazine: Triple Threat

 Lucas: Grind helps answer questions
Alvarez: Issues made for busy summer
Lepay: Good work behind the scenes


Wisconsin   Wednesday, August 8

Joel Stave attempts a pass during a drill

In their first day in pads -- shoulder pads at least -- the Badgers battled the elments as well as each other. A steady rain fell on Camp Randall as the team drilled for 30 periods in the first of two practices in half-pack. UW goes full pads in practice No. 5 on Friday.

• Photos: Fall Practice No. 3

Daily Headlines

• ESPN.com: Power Rankings: No. 15 Wisconsin
• Madison.com: Badgers aren't running on empty
• FoxSportsWisconsin.com: O'Brien must work way to QB role
• JSOnline: Another opportunity presents itself to QBs
• JSOnline: Gilbert opens UW camp with burst


Wisconsin   Tuesday, August 7

Charlie Partridge coaches the defensive line during a drill

Day 2 of Fall camp saw the Badgers return to the field at Camp Randall in helmets for their final practice before adding pads on Wednesday. UW drilled in very warm conditions, and assistant coaches met with members of the media after practice to update the progress of their position groups.

• Photos: Fall Practice No. 2

Daily Headlines
• ESPN.com: Badgers expect Ball back for opener
• Madison.com: UW football notes
• JSOnline: Lots to like on retooled Badgers offensive line
• FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Staff growing together after turnover
• FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Ball likely off field two more weeks


Wisconsin   Monday, August 6

The Badgers opened Fall Camp 2012 with the first of 23 scheduled practices Monday inside Camp Randall Stadium. The team worked for 28 periods in helmets only, a wardrobe they will repeat on Tuesday before adding shoulder pads on Wednesday.

Head coach Bret Bielema met with members of the media following practice to update the status of RB Montee Ball, as well as the Badgers' roster, and offer his impressions on the team's first workout of the fall.

• Video: Bielema Meets Media Small Video Graphic  |  Photos: Fall Practice No. 1

'Unrivaled' uniforms revealed

Also Monday, UW Athletics and adidas unveiled the uniforms the Badgers will wear when they face off with Nebraska in Lincoln on Sept. 29. Here's a look at the new threads for the "Unrivaled Game."

• Video: Uniforms Small Video Graphic  |  Photos: 'Unrivaled Game' Uniforms


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