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Important Dates 
• Saturday, March 9: First practice
• Wednesday, March 20: Scrimmage
• March 23-31: Spring Break
• Monday, April 15: Scrimmage
• Saturday, April 20: Spring Game

Wisconsin Logo  Practice Schedule
3/9 3:30 p.m. Practice #1
3/11 4 p.m. Practice #2
3/13 4 p.m. Practice #3
3/16 3:30 p.m. Practice #4
3/18 4 p.m. Practice #5
3/20 5 p.m. Practice #6 - Scrimmage
4/1 4 p.m. Practice #7
4/3 4 p.m. Practice #8
4/6 10:30 a.m. Practice #9
Open to Public
4/8 4 p.m. Practice #10
4/10 4 p.m. Practice #11
4/12 6 a.m. Practice #12
4/15 4 p.m. Practice #13 - Scrimmage
Open to Public - 3:45 p.m.
4/17 4 p.m. Practice #14
4/20 4 p.m. Spring Game
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• Head Coach: Gary Andersen
• Offensive Coordinator: Andy Ludwig
• Defensive Coordinator: Dave Aranda

2013 Schedule
 Aug. 31 UMass TBA
 Sept. 7 Tennessee Tech TBA
 Sept. 14 at Arizona State TBA
 Sept. 21 Purdue TBA
 Sept. 28 at Ohio State TBA
 Oct. 12 Northwestern TBA
 Oct. 19 at Illinois TBA
 Nov. 2 at Iowa TBA
 Nov. 9 BYU TBA
 Nov. 16 Indiana TBA
 Nov. 23 at Minnesota TBA
 Nov. 30 Penn State TBA
 Dec. 7 Big Ten Championship TBA
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Wisconsin   Sunday, April 21


Who will fill out the Badgers' secondary alongside senior Dez Southward will be a major theme leading up to UW's season-opener against UMass on Aug. 31. UWBadgers.com Insider Mike Lucas says freshman CB Sojourn Shelton's progress this spring will have him in the mix in the defensive backfield.

Lucas' Last Word: Freshman Shelton helps defense shine

Daily Headlines
• ESPN.com: Spring game recap: Wisconsin
• Madison.com: Defense enjoys bragging rights in spring game
• Madison.com: Doe catches ball, runs with opportunity
• JSOnline: Badgers passing game makes progress
• JSOnline: Wisconsin Badgers spring game report
• FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Stave states case in spring game
• Badger Herald: Depleted linebacker group dominates game


Wisconsin   Saturday, April 20

The Badgers officially put the wraps on spring practice Saturday with the Cardinal team's 61-47 win over the White squad in front of 12,050 fans at Camp Randall Stadium. The Cardinal, composed of UW's defensive unit, used three straight three-and-outs around halftime to take the lead for good.

Sophomore LB Joe Schobert and junior LB Marcus Trotter led the way for the Cardinal with seven tackles each, including a sack for Schobert. Sophomore LB Vince Biegel had a pair of sacks, including one for a safety.

For the White squad, sophomore QB Joel Stave went 15-for-20 for 161 yards and a touchdown, with junior WR Kenzel Doe snagging eight passes for 93 yards and sophomore FB Derek Watt hauling in a 5-yard TD pass. On the ground, sophomore Melvin Gordon carried 17 times for 74 yards and a touchdown.

Defense's day: Cardinal downs White in Spring Game, 61-47

Daily Headlines
• Madison.com: Attacking defense good for QBs to play against
• Madison.com: Badgers Spring Game: 5 things to watch
• JSOnline: Basics: Wisconsin 2013 spring football game
• FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Phillips, Stave battling for QB job


Wisconsin   Friday, April 19

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The 2013 Wisconsin Football Spring Game is set for 4 p.m. Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium. Prior to the game, the annual Badger Kids' Fair will be open to fans from 2-4 p.m. inside the McClain Center, adjcacent to Camp Randall.

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Daily Headlines
• SI.com: After settling in, Gary Andersen making his mark
• ESPN.com: Spring game preview: Wisconsin
• ESPN.com: Badgers' White waits his turn with a smile
• Badger Herald: Badgers prepare for Spring Game


Wisconsin   Thursday, April 18


The Badgers won't be on the field again until they run out of the tunnel at Camp Randall Stadium for Saturday's 2013 Wisconsin Football Spring Game at 4 p.m.

Daily Headlines
• Madison.com: Phillips' competitive nature gives him an edge
• Madison.com: Fan experience may go high-tech at UW
• JSOnline: Andersen plans to hold players out of spring game
• FoxSportsWisconsin.com: UW suddenly lacking depth at RB
• NBC15: Video: UW Spring Game a tuneup for season


Wisconsin   Wednesday, April 17

The Badgers finished their final practice session before Saturday's Spring Game on Wednesday, drilling in half-pack inside the McClain Center.

After practice, head coach Gary Andersen offered a final update on what to expect when the Badgers take the field Saturday, including news on players that will be held out.

Andersen Post-Practice Comments Small Video Graphic

Daily Headlines
• JSOnline: Andersen wants to salute fans through song
• NBC15: Video: No lack of tight ends for UW
• FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Former manager living out his dream
• ESPNWisconsin.com: Jordan Fredrick humbled to be a Badger
• Badger Herald: Arnold 'managing' new life as a player


Wisconsin   Tuesday, April 16


The Badgers spent Tuesday in position meetings and the weight room, preparing to return to the field Wednesday for their final practice before the Spring Game.

Daily Headlines
• Madison.com: Sloppy conditions lead to sloppy scrimmage
• Madison.com: Veterans Matthias, Lewallen making big impact
• JSOnline: Jacob Pedersen, Jeff Genyk reunited
• JSOnline: Quarterbacks, kickers struggle in wet conditions
• FoxSportsWisconsin.com: O-line will maintain physicality
• FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Attack getting jolt from backfield
• Badger Herald: Project marks new era for Wisconsin athletics
• Badger Herald: New openness, personality breath of fresh air


Wisconsin   Monday, April 15

The weather didn't exactly cooperate, but the Badgers opened the final week of spring drills with a scrimmage inside Camp Randall Stadium on Monday with some hearty fans taking in the action.

Photo Gallery: Practice No. 13

Prior to practice, head coach Gary Andersen met the media in a news conference to discuss the Badgers' progress and look ahead to Saturday's spring game.

Transcript: Andersen News Conference  |  Watch Small Video Graphic

Daily Headlines
• USA Today: New coach has Wisconsin Badgers grooving
• Madison.com: Camp Andersen has family feel
• Madison.com: UW takes offensive approach on defense
• JSOnline: Andersen wants improvement from passing game
• News 3 Sports: Video: Get to know Jacob Pedersen
• NBC15: Video: New look to spring game
• NBC15: Video: Badgers enter final week of spring camp
• FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Leaders Division outlook


Wisconsin   Friday, April 12

The Badgers were up and at it early Friday, capping the second-to-last week of spring ball with a 6 a.m. practice in the McClain Center. Afterward, head coach Gary Andersen offered some updates on the Badgers' progress heading into the final week of drills.

The team is off until Monday's scrimmage, which will be open to the public and begins at 4 p.m.

Andersen also joined Jack Arute's College Football Playbook show on SiriusXM College Sports Nation to talk about his transition to UW and the team's growth this spring.

Daily Headlines
• ESPN.com: Leaders Division spring notebook
• Madison.com: Andersen, coaches strive to entertain fans
• JSOnline: Kyle Costigan on the mend after knee surgery
• FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Badgers adding twists to spring game
• FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Coach puts dance skills to test
• ESPNWisconsin.com: First and Goal: LB Vince Biegel


Wisconsin   Thursday, April 11

There is no practice for the Badgers on Thursday, but this highlight of the team's recent dance-off (part of the Badger Team Accountability competition) should get you through until drills resume Friday.

Varsity - April 11, 2013Montee Ball's career won't be forgotten in Madison, but this week's edition of Varsity says that the Badgers are looking forward, not back, when it comes to their backfield.

Varsity Magazine: Move over, Montee

Lucas: Vince Biegel grows into role
Alvarez: Facilities a sign of progress
Feature story: Tailback takeover

Daily Headlines
• Madison.com: Freshman Shelton on track to contribute
• JSOnline: Joel Stave still progressing after October injury
• FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Kelly an invaluable asset for defense
• ESPNWisconsin.com: Nick Hill: The wait is over
• Badger Herald: New coordinator Aranda brings experience to UW


Wisconsin   Wednesday, April 10

The Badgers capped practice a little differently on Wednesday, with head coach Gary Andersen leading the team in a rendition of "On, Wisconsin" -- complete with cue cards to help the newcomers.


Wisconsin   Tuesday, April 9


Tuesday's work was confined to the weight room for the Badgers, who are set to return to the practice field in full pads Wednesday afternoon.

Daily Headlines
• Madison.com: Gordon ready to run with increased role
• FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Lewis waits patiently for opportunity
• ESPNWisconsin.com: Determined Doe
• Badger Herald: White eyes starting spot in final season
• Badger Herald: Groy emerges as next leader in line
• 27 Sports: Video: Coaches find unique ways to prepare


Wisconsin   Monday, April 8


It was back to the practice field Monday for the Badgers, who drilled outdoors in Camp Randall Stadium in the first of their five remaining practices before the April 20 Spring Game.

Photo Gallery: Practice No. 10

Daily Headlines
• Madison.com: Kelly has healthy attitude for second senior year
• JSOnline: Ryan Groy practices at left tackle
• Isthmus: Badgers open spring football practice to fans
• News 3 Sports: Video: Pick 6 - Vince Biegel
• 27 Sports: Video: Dez Southward leads Badgers defense
• NBC15: Video: Badger quarterbacks continue to compete
• NBC15: Video: Badgers open up practice to the public


Wisconsin   Saturday, April 6

The Badgers were outside again Saturday and drilled in front of about 850 fans that turned out for the first of two open practice sessions this spring. It was a big day for the offense, which got touchdowns from WR Jared Abbrederis, WR Kenzel Doe, WR Jordan Fredrick and RB James White during the live scrimmage portion of practice.

Storify: Re-live Saturday's practice with live tweets
Photo Gallery: Practice No. 9

Head coach Gary Andersen met with the media after practice to discuss the Badgers' week and look ahead to the final two weeks of spring ball.

Video: Gary Andersen Post-Practice Small Video Graphic

Daily Headlines
• Madison.com: Impressions from UW scrimmage
• Madison.com: Gilbert will not return for senior season
• JSOnline: Phillips, Stave, White lead offense in scrimamge
• NBC15: Video: Aranda brings in new sense of defense
• Badger Herald: Offense strikes back in Saturday scrimmage
• FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Stave performing well at QB


Wisconsin   Friday, April 5


Friday was a day off for the Badgers as they prepare for Saturday's full-pads practice inside Camp Randall, a session that is open to the public beginning at 10:15 a.m.  |  Open Practice Details

First-year head coach Gary Andersen joined The Mike Heller Show as a guest Friday on The Big 1070. Hear what he had to say about the Badgers' progress in spring practice:

Daily Headlines
• Madison.com: Andersen has Badgers playing to different tune
• News 3 Sports: Video: Andersen adjusting to new situation
• FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Badgers hope switch leads to TOs


Wisconsin   Thursday, April 4


The Badgers will spend Thursday in the weight room and off the practice field as they prepare for their next session of drills on Saturday.

Varsity - April 4, 2013The latest edition of Varsity looks at one of the biggest question marks for the Badgers heading into 2013, replacing three starters in the secondary. As Mike Lucas describes, senior S Dez Southward is doing his part to help provide answers.

Varsity Magazine: Extreme Makeover

Alvarez: Facilities a sign of progress
Feature story: Safety First

Daily Headlines
• ESPN.com: Video: Wisconsin RB James White
• Madison.com: Peniel Jean eager to make impact
• JSOnline: Linebacker Vince Biegel enjoying a healthy spring
• FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Lacking experience, not courage

• Badger Herald: Down, but not completely out


Wisconsin   Wednesday, April 3


With the weather cooperating, the Badgers hit the field in Camp Randall Stadium for their first outdoor practice of the spring on Wednesday.

Photo Gallery: Practice No. 8

Daily Headlines
• Madison.com: Switch to safety benefits Reggie Mitchell
• NBC 15: Video: Break is over for Badgers
• News 3 Sports: Video: Bart Houston makes his case


Wisconsin   Tuesday, April 2


The Badgers won't hit the practice field again until Wednesday, but here's a rundown of the news around the web.

Daily Headlines
• Madison.com: Injuries reduce O-line's quantity, not quality
• JSOnline: Receivers coach wants consistency
• FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Watt gaining experience, mass
• FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Badgers reload backfield
• ESPNWisconsin.com: Confident Curt


Wisconsin   Monday, April 1


The Badgers opened the second half of spring drills Monday, returning to the practice field in the McClain Center for a session in helmets only. The team moves outdoors and gets back into full pads Wednesday.

Photo Gallery: Practice No. 7

Daily Headlines
• Madison.com: This time, players more accepting of changes
• JSOnline: RB Jeff Lewis out to prove worth

• ESPNWisconsin.com: Q&A with Coach Ben Strickland


Wisconsin   Sunday, March 31

Before they return to the field Monday, check out highlights from the Badgers' first half of spring practice.

Second Quarter Highlight: Part 1 Small Video Graphic


Wisconsin   Thursday, March 21


With the first half of spring drills behind them, the Badgers will be off the practice field for Spring Break until April 1.

Daily Headlines
• ESPN.com: Wisconsin Spring Practice Live Blog
• ESPN.com: Video: Wisconsin to face Alabama in 2015
• ESPN.com: Video: Wisconsin DT Beau Allen
• Madison.com: Defense shines in first full scrimmage
• Madison.com: Offensive line tops list of concerns
• Madison.com: Marquis Mason ready to contribute

• FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Receivers to share the load


Wisconsin   Wednesday, March 20


With a 12-day break from drills their reward, the Badgers finished the first portion of Spring Practice on a high note with their first full scrimmage Wednesday.

Photo Gallery: Practice No. 6

Daily Headlines
• Madison.com: Beau Allen eager to get back into action
• Madison.com: Kyle Zuleger moves to safety
• JSOnline: Phillips' summer plans are in the workouts

• Badger Herald: Secondary looks to replace three starters


Wisconsin   Monday, March 18


Spring Break is on the horizon, and the Badgers opened a short week of practice with a session in half-pack inside the McClain Center on Monday afternoon.

Photo Gallery: Practice No. 5

Daily Headlines
• Madison.com: Phillips starting spring practice on right foot
• Madison.com: Gary Andersen thinks receivers are catching on
• Madison.com: Genyk glad to be back in Big Ten


Wisconsin   Saturday, March 16

The first day in full pads meant plenty of full-contact drills for the Badgers, who hit the practice field for the fourth time of the spring inside the McClain Center.

Gary Andersen Post-Practice Media Session Small Video Graphic
Photo Gallery: Practice No. 4


Wisconsin   Thursday, March 14


The Badgers aren't back on the practice field until Saturday, but here's a look at what's making news around the Wisconsin football program:

Daily Headlines
Varsity Magazine: Budmayr not giving up his dreams
Varsity Magazine: Alvarez likes sound of UW practices
• ESPN.com: Badgers' Melvin Gordon ready to take flight
• Madison.com: Gilbert to miss spring after foot surgery
• FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Houston eager for fresh start
• Badger Herald quarterbacks features:
  - Healthy Stave wants job back
  - Phillips prepares for final hurrah
  - O'Brien gets another shot
  - Fresh faced Houston ready for spotlight
  - McEvoy seeks to make up for lost time in fall
  - Budmayr chases new dream as coach


Wisconsin   Wednesday, March 13


The Badgers donned pads for the first time this spring when they hit the McClain Center turf for a 21-period practice session Wednesday afternoon.

Photo Gallery: Practice No. 3

Daily Headlines
• USA Today: Changes in store as Andersen takes reins
• Madison.com: Biegel at home in new defensive scheme
• Madison.com: QB Bart Houston feels he'll fit new offense
• JSOnline: Wisconsin's offensive line is adjusting
• FoxSportsWisconsin.com: QB competition gets reboot
• ESPN Wisconsin: Q&A: Chris Beatty


Wisconsin   Monday, March 11


The Badgers were back on the practice field indoors on Monday, working through 21 periods of individual and team drills.

Photo Gallery: Practice No. 2


Wisconsin   Sunday, March 10


Before the Badgers return to the practice field on Monday, a look at more coverage from UW's opening session of spring ball on Saturday:

Daily Headlines
• Madison.com: UW football players connect with Gary Andersen
• Madison.com: Practice has new look, feel under Andersen
• JSOnline: Gary Andersen likes tune of UW's first drills
• Badger Herald: Andersen brings new groove to Badgers


Wisconsin   Saturday, March 9

The Badgers opened the Gary Andersen era with the first practice of the spring, a two-hour session in the McClain Center. UWBadgers.com has complete coverage:

Coach Andersen post-practice media session Small Video Graphic
Photo Gallery

Daily Headlines
• Madison.com: Air of change marks opening of Gary Andersen era
• JSOnline: Andersen, UW staff anxious to begin work with team
• FoxSportsWisconsin.com: UW spring football questions


Wisconsin   Friday, March 8


Wisconsin   Thursday, March 7

Varsity - March 7, 2013The latest edition of Varsity includes a preview of spring football with insight from head coach Gary Andersen and seniors Chris Borland and Ryan Groy, as well as a position-by-position breakdown of UW's offense and defense.

Varsity Magazine: Spring Into Action

Alvarez: Spring offers fresh start for all
Badgers laying groundwork in spring

Daily Headlines
• Madison.com: Jon Budmayr won't be part of QB battle
• Madison.com: Dan Voltz amped about shot at center


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