By TOM LEA
MADISON – There was a 25-minute splurge toward the end of Monday’s fall camp practice that featured what seemed to be a very hungry redshirt freshman defensive end.
Jesse Hayes was all over the offensive backfield. Had he been allowed to tackle, he probably would have recorded two separate sacks during move-the-ball drill. It was apparent he was playing with some fire.
Perhaps Bret Bielema’s explanation following practice explains that observation a bit better.
“Jesse, on Saturday, was not at an optimum level for us,” Bielema, referencing Saturday’s scrimmage, said. “He came out with a different attitude tonight and played extremely well.”
Hayes and James Adeyanju formulate a pair of extremely talented redshirt defensive ends that aren’t listed on the initial fall camp two-deep. Bielema said it’s clear they have the talent to play, but there seems to be something continually holding their progress back.
“Both of them have to learn what day-to-day means,” Bielema said. “I have been happy with Adeyanju. He’s continued to flash during the course of not only fall camp, but last spring. So both of them have to get the heart and the mindset to do it.”
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