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Badgers football: Spring practice report 4/22

Apr 22, 2015 -- 11:23pm
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MADISON - Temperatures in the low 40’s greeted the University of Wisconsin as they were on the practice field for a 13th time this spring on Wednesday night.
 
It was another session that was largely dominated by the defense, especially inside linebacker T.J. Edwards. The redshirt freshman picked off a pair of passes – both off senior Joel Stave – and added a sack. He was also instrumental in a couple fourth-and-short stops.
 
One of four new starters on defense, Edwards’ big day on Wednesday followed a similar performance in UW’s scrimmage on Sunday.
 
“I think every snap he’s wanting to grow and wanting to learn from it,” head coach Paul Chryst said. “You see him a little more comfortable in the situations. It looks to me like he’s playing (faster). That’s natural. He’s getting comfortable with it. Certainly needs to keep going but I’ve liked the way he’s progressed this spring.”
 
Other standouts included outside linebacker Jack Cichy, who had a sack and a tackle for loss, cornerback Natrell Jamerson, who recovered a fumble, and fellow cornerback Terrance Floyd, who had a pair of pass breakups.
 
Wisconsin scrimmaged for almost half of the nearly three-hour practice, including 12 drives with Stave leading the first-team offense. They scored on just one of those possessions, an 18-yard touchdown from Stave to wide receiver Reggie Love.
 
But for a majority of the session, the Badgers got the inconsistent Stave that has frustrated fans at times over the past three seasons. The senior looked great on one drive, going 4 of 4 and fitting passes into tight windows, only to have his fifth throw find the hands of Edwards for the turnover. On a later drive, with another 4 of 4 effort, Stave had UW second-and-10 at the defense’s 11-yard line. He threw behind his tight end and Edwards got his second interception.
 
For the day, Stave was 18 of 36 for 179 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. It’s been that kind of spring for Stave - some good and some bad for the guy who is unquestionably UW’s No. 1 quarterback.
 
Other observations
 
-- Alex Erickson is once again UW’s best wide receiver. The senior has caught most of what’s been thrown his way this spring and that was the case again on Wednesday. He had eight catches for 84 yards and was the target of many more throws that didn’t find their mark. Chryst said Erickson really stood out to him on film but has been even more impressive in person this spring.
 
“I like the way he works,” Chryst said. “He’s certainly been our most consistent receiver. He gets in and out of his breaks. I think that’s one thing having been on the field with him this spring it seems even better than I thought on film.”
 
-- There was a big scuffle towards the end of practice that started with defensive end Chikwe Obasih and left tackle Tyler Marz going at each other. Obasih tackled Marz to the ground and the senior responded by ripping Obasih’s helmet off. All the players on the sidelines swarmed around the two players before the voice of Chryst rang out and ended things.
 
“Break it up or you are all (bleeping) running.”
 
-- With the offense struggling, Chryst twice gave them chances to covert on fifth down after failing on fourth down. Each time, the defense came up with the extra stop to get off the field.
 
-- Injuries continue to hamper the offensive line. Already without starting center Dan Voltz due to an ankle injury, the Badgers lost starting left guard Ray Ball to an apparent injury on Wednesday night. That meant even more shuffling along a line that is trying to replace three starters from a year ago. The first line had Marz at left tackle, junior Walker Williams at left guard, redshirt freshman Michael Deiter at center and redshirt freshman Hayden Biegel at right tackle. They then rotated a trio of players through at right guard, including redshirt freshman Micah Kapoi, true freshman Jon Dietzen and redshirt freshman Beau Benzschawel, who is also competing for the starting right tackle spot. 
 
“I don’t think we’re where we want to be,” Chryst said of the line. “I’d say maybe as much as any unit the continuity is something that’s important there. We haven’t gotten that.”
 
Chryst is hopeful that guys being forced into playing some different spots will help them in the end.
 
“I think the positive is that can maybe give you a better understanding of the whole scheme and what you’re trying to do,” he said. “But (it) certainly makes for some moments that aren’t what you want them to look like.”
 
-- Wednesday marked the second-to-last practice of the spring for Chryst and the Badgers. When asked if he would like another week of practice, the new UW coach responded, “No, I don’t wish we had another week. I wish we had another month.”
 
Wednesday scrimmage stats:
 
Passing
Completions
Attempts
Yards
TDs
INTs
Joel Stave
18
36
179
1
2
Bart Houston
10
20
136
0
0
D.J. Gillins
4
7
70
1
0
Alex Hornibrook
3
9
50
1
1

 

Rushing
Attempts
Yards
Touchdowns
Corey Clement
17
68
0
Taiwan Deal
10
48
0
Derek Straus
2
14
0
Dare Ogunbowale
9
6
0

 

Receiving
Catches
Yards
Touchdowns
Alex Erickson
8
84
0
Rob Wheelwright
5
67
0
Jazz Peavy
4
57
0
Krenwick Sanders
3
49
1
George Rushing
3
46
0
Reggie Love
2
32
1
Corey Clement
2
31
0
Taiwan Deal
3
26
0
Sam Eckert
1
20
1
Tanner McEvoy
1
13
0
Derek Watt
2
8
0
Dare Ogunbowale
1
6
0
 
Spring game setup
 
Wisconsin will hold its Spring Game on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium starting at 3 p.m. It will feature four 20-minute quarters with a running clock and Chryst says it’ll be the No. 1 units vs the No. 2 groups. While that may sound a little boring, the Badgers hope to spice things up with a pair of guest coaches for each team. Chryst told reporters that UW basketball players Josh Gasser and Duje Dukan will be on the sidelines.
 
“We might have a few surprises up our sleeves, too,” Chryst said. “They’re working on it right now. That’s why they weren’t here at practice. They’ll be fine. They’ll be ready. Josh may even take a few snaps at quarterback.”
 
Gasser played quarterback his first three years of high school in Port Washington before giving it up to concentrate on basketball.
 
What’s next?
 
UW will be back on the field Friday afternoon for their final practice of the spring.

Badgers football: UW lands 4th commitment for 2016

Apr 22, 2015 -- 12:47am
Photo/Brett Hart
 
MADISON - The University of Wisconsin’s class of 2016 now stands at four players.
 
The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram is reporting that Menomonie (WI) safety Mason Stokke gave his verbal commitment to the Badgers on Monday night.
 
At 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, Stokke is expected to play outside linebacker at the college level.
 
Stokke, who captured the WIAA Division 1 state title in wrestling at 195 pounds earlier this year, chose the Badgers over offers from Iowa, Northern Illinois and Army among others.
 
As a junior, Stokke was a first-team All-Big Rivers selection in the secondary.
 
He joins four-star running back Antonio Williams (New London, NC), three-star quarterback Kare’ Lyles (Scottsdale, AZ) and two-star defensive end Luke Benzschawel (Grafton, WI) as verbal commits in the class of 2016.

Badgers basketball: Where do the mock drafts have Dekker and Kaminsky going?

Apr 21, 2015 -- 9:12pm
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MADISON - While much of the focus is on next week’s NFL Draft in Chicago, preparations for the NBA Draft in late June are also starting up and the University of Wisconsin figures to be represented quite well in the first round.
 
Though the Draft Lottery still hasn’t taken place, and therefore we don’t know exactly where teams will be picking, here’s a look at where several mock drafts have former Badgers Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker headed.
 

Frank Kaminsky

Mock Draft
Team
Pick No.
Chad Ford, ESPN
Phoenix Suns
No. 13 overall
Derek Bodner, USA TODAY
Phoenix Suns
No. 13 overall
DraftExpress.com
Miami Heat
No. 10 overall
Gary Parrish, CBSSports.com
Charlotte Hornets
No. 9 overall
Zach Harper, CBSSports.com
Indiana Pacers
No. 10 overall
Chris Mannix, SI.com
Charlotte Hornets
No. 9 overall
 
 

Sam Dekker

Mock Draft
Team
Pick No.
Chad Ford, ESPN
Atlanta Hawks
No. 15 overall
Derek Bodner, USA TODAY
Dallas Mavericks
No. 21 overall
DraftExpress.com
Oklahoma City Thunder
No. 14 overall
Gary Parrish, CBSSports.com
Toronto Raptors
No. 20 overall
Zach Harper, CBSSports.com
Houston Rockets
No. 18 overall
Chris Mannix, SI.com
Houston Rockets
No. 18 overall

 

Badgers basketball: Full field for 2015 2K Classic revealed

Apr 20, 2015 -- 12:07pm
 
MADISON - It was announced in November the University of Wisconsin would be one of four teams to take part in the 2015 2K Classic in New York City. On Monday, the rest of the field was revealed.
 
Along with the schools announced last fall – Duke, Georgetown and Virginia Commonwealth – the tournament will also include Bryant, Prairie View A&M, Radford and Siena.
 
The four major schools in the tournament will host a pair of regional round games on campus before playing in the championship rounds on Nov. 20 and 22 at Madison Square Garden.
 
Wisconsin is familiar with several teams that will be in attendance. They lost twice to Duke this past season, including in the national title game earlier this month. They also played and beat Georgetown in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis last November.
 
Matchups for the championship Rounds, regional rounds and subregional round will be released at a later date.

Badgers football: Spring practice report 4/19

Apr 19, 2015 -- 6:04pm
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MADISON - The University of Wisconsin brought in officials and scrimmaged for a third time on Sunday, with some familiar and some not-so-familiar names showing up with good days.
 
Among the standouts was junior running back Corey Clement. The superstitious Clement ran angry at points, stiff-arming cornerback Sojourn Shelton to the ground as he burst off the end for a 20-yard gain. Clement later had clear sailing for a 20-yard touchdown and finished his day with a 2-yard score. In total, he carried the ball 11 times for 104 yards and the two touchdowns.
 
Clement was the lone back with much success on the ground. The others – Dare Ogunbowale, Taiwan Deal and Serge Trezy -- combined for 46 yards on 27 carries.
 
In the passing game, redshirt freshman D.J. Gillins had a nice day. On his second series, he led a 7-play, 55-yard scoring drive that he finished off with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Deal. The next time out, it took him only two plays to get in the end zone – a 5-yard scramble and then a 15-yard bullet to wide receiver Rob Wheelwright for the score. His final drive ended in an interception on fourth-and-goal from the 11, but Gillins was electric in getting them to that point. He scrambled for 13 to convert on third-and-13 and later hit wide receiver Krenwick Sanders for 24 yards on third-and-15.
 
The Florida native finished the day 5 of 9 for 67 yards, with a pair of touchdowns and the interception, while adding 64 yards on the ground on six attempts.
 
Starter Joel Stave had his moments, too, finding Tanner McEvoy for a 9-yard score. Stave was 12 of 19 for 120 yards, with the one touchdown and an interception.
 
Alex Erickson led the way for the receivers, catching four balls for 93 yards, including a 55-yard catch and run from Bart Houston.
 
The other nice receiving day was turned in by tight end Austin Traylor. Known primarily as UW’s best blocking tight end, Traylor hauled in three passes, two of them in heavy traffic, for 62 yards.
 
Defensively, it was an impressive day for new starting inside linebacker T.J. Edwards. The redshirt freshman was all over the field collecting a pair of tackles for loss, a sack, one interception and combining with safety Joe Ferguson to stuff Ogunbowale on a fourth-and-2 play.
 
“He’s playing well,” defensive coordinator Dave Aranda said. “He’s put some consistent days together. I think there has always been flashes with T.J. The biggest improvement he’s made is he’s reduced the negative plays. The plays where he knew he should been somewhere and he recognized it right afterwards. There were a lot of those. And those have gone away. We’d like to be able to eliminate them all.
 
“He’s getting better. I’m excited about the progress he’s making. I know he’s feeling more confident.”
 
The defense had nine sacks in the scrimmage, including ones by outside linebackers Vince Biegel and Jack Cichy, along with cornerback Natrell Jamerson.
 
Shelton continued his hot spring with one interception and two other balls that he almost came up with. His new position coach, Daronte Jones, says he sees Shelton playing with the type of confidence he had in high school and that was missing last season.
 
“It takes a different guy to play on the island. You’ve got to embrace that,” Jones said. “They’re going to make some plays too, but then you make the next play. You have to have that confidence.”
 
Scrimmage stats:
 

Passing

Completions

Attempts

Yards

TDs

INTs

Joel Stave

12

19

120

1

1

Bart Houston

5

11

111

1

1

D.J. Gillins

5

9

67

2

1

Austin Kafentzis

2

4

22

0

0

Alex Hornibrook

2

8

16

0

0

 

Rushing

Attempts

Yards

Touchdowns

Corey Clement

11

104

2

D.J. Gillins

6

64

0

Dare Ogunbowale

12

27

0

Bart Houston

2

17

0

Taiwan Deal

6

14

0

Austin Kafentzis

2

6

0

Serge Trezy

9

5

0

 

Receiving

Catches

Yards

Touchdowns

Alex Erickson

4

93

1

Austin Traylor

3

62

0

Dare Ogunbowale

4

41

0

Krenwick Sanders

2

40

0

Jazz Peavy

2

16

0

Rob Wheelwright

1

15

1

Reggie Love

2

14

0

Corey Clement

2

11

0

Tanner McEvoy

1

9

1

Taiwan Deal

1

7

1

Derek Watt

1

2

0

Serge Trezy

1

1

0

 
1-on-1 drills
 
Before the scrimmage the offensive line matched up with the defensive line and outside linebackers in 1-on-1 pass rushing drills. Here’s how one reporter’s untrained eyes saw the winners and losers in some of those matchups.
 
RT Hayden Biegel >> OLB Vince Biegel
RG Walker Williams >> DE Alec James
NG Conor Sheehy >> C George Panos
C Michael Deiter >> DE Jake Keefer
LG Ray Ball >> DE Chikwe Obasih
LT Tyler Marz >> OLB Joe Schobert
Biegel >> DE James Adeyanju
James >> Williams
RT Beau Benzschawel >> DE Billy Hirschfeld
Deiter >> Sheehy
Marz >> Obasih
 
Injuries:
 
DNP on Sunday:
 
FB Austin Ramesh
TE Eric Steffes (out for spring)
WR Jordan Fredrick (out for spring)
NG Arthur Goldberg
K Rafael Gaglianone (out for spring)
LB D’Cota Dixon (out for spring)
CB Devin Gaulden
CB Derrick Tindal
WR A.J. Jordan
LB Keelon Brookins
 
What’s next?
 
Wisconsin will practice on Wednesday.

Badgers football: Spring practice report 4/17

Apr 17, 2015 -- 9:19pm
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In what's becoming a trend, cornerback Sojourn Shelton put together another good practice on Friday.
 
MADISON - On the warmest day of the year, the University of Wisconsin was back on the field for practice No. 11 of the spring.
 
Observations:
 
Wisconsin got several injured players back on Friday. Wide receiver Rob Wheelwright returned in a limited capacity after missing most of the last three practices. Fellow wide receiver Connor Senger was also back for the first time since early in camp, though he was limited as well. Outside linebacker Garret Dooley took part in individual drills, which was the first time he’s done anything other than rehab the past three practices.
 
Still out: FB Austin Ramesh, WR Jordan Fredrick, CB Devin Gaulden, WR A.J. Jordan, TE Eric Steffes, CB Derrick Tindal, K Rafael Gaglianone and TE T.J. Watt.
 
Added to the injury list: DE Arthur Goldberg (lower left leg)
 
The first-team defense lined up this way on Friday:
 
DE Alec James
NG Conor Sheehy
DE Chikwe Obasih
OLB Joe Schobert
ILB T.J. Edwards
ILB Leon Jacobs
OLB Vince Biegel
CB Sojourn Shelton
S Michael Caputo
S Tanner McEvoy
CB Darius Hillary
 
- Defensive backs coach Daronte Jones is full of energy. After cornerback Sojourn Shelton’s blanket coverage led to an incompletion, the first-year coach sprinted 25 yards to congratulate him, screaming the entire way.
 
- Shelton continues to have a really strong spring. In 7-on-7, quarterback Bart Houston threw a late pass to the sideline and the junior jumped in front for the interception, his third in the last four practices. He’d add another later on in team drills, this time off quarterback Joel Stave.
 
- Defensive end Alec James had his way with the Badgers right tackles in one-on-one pass rushing drills, winning all four of his matchups with Hayden Biegel and Beau Benzschawel. His luck didn’t translate to the other side of the line, though, as left tackle Tyler Marz stoned him in their one matchup.
 
-- In a third down drill, the offense converted just once in nine attempts, with the lone first down coming on an Alex Hornibrook completion to wide receiver Krenwick Sanders.
 
- Stave to McEvoy might be a connection you hear a fair amount of times this fall. The former quarterback turned starting safety is getting reps at wide receiver as well this spring. On Friday in a 7-on-7 drill, Stave found the 6-foot-5 McEvoy on a deep slant route for a 20-yard touchdown. Later, in a red zone drill, Bart Houston found McEvoy for a 20-yard touchdown on the same exact route. On the latter touchdown, cornerback Terrance Floyd was draped all over McEvoy but the seniors’ size made it impossible for Floyd to make a play on the ball. McEvoy is very smooth in his route running and catches the ball with ease.
 
- The top two kick returners were cornerback Natrell Jamerson and wide receiver George Rushing.
 
Stats in move the ball situations:
 
Passing
Joel Stave – 9/14, 88 yards, one touchdown, two sacks and an interception
D.J. Gillins – 2/2, 10 yards, one interception
Alex Hornibrook – 2/2, 23 yards, lost fumble
Bart Houston – 4/5, 66 yards, one touchdown, two sacks
 
Rushing
Corey Clement -- 6 carries, 20 yards
Taiwan Deal – 3 carries, minus-6 yards
Dare Ogunbowale – 5 carries, 4 yards
Serge Trezy – 2 carries, 4 yards
Caleb Kinlaw – 1 carry, 2 yards
 
Receving
Alex Erickson – 4 catches, 64 yards
Tanner McEvoy – 1 catch, 20 yards, 1 touchdown
Corey Clement – 1 catch, 5 yards
Austin Traylor – 3 catches, 21 yards, 1 touchdown
Krenwick Sanders – 2 catches, 17 yards
Kyle Penniston – 1 catch, 3 yards
Taiwan Deal – 2 catches, 23 yards
Troy Fumagalli – 1 catch 29 yards
Jazz Peavy – 1 catch, 7 yards
 
Interceptions:
CB Sojourn Shelton, 1
CB Natrell Jamerson, 1
 
What’s next:
 
Wisconsin will be back on the practice field on Sunday.
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