March 22, 2010

Brown shines in practice No. 6

MADISON - For the third time in four practices the Wisconsin football team enjoyed a spring practice on the field turf inside Camp Randall Stadium. And for the second straight practice the Badgers were decked out in full pads for the two-hour practice.

The following is a full report from Monday's practice No. 6 of 15.

Brown continues hot streak:

You don't hear the phrase 'hot' too often when it comes to the sport of football. And usually when the phrase gets tossed around, the quarterback is the primary focus. However, at least through the first six practices of UW's spring camp, it seems that senior tailback Zach Brown has come out hot and has been able to sustain it to this point.

Monday afternoon was no different.

The Florida native ran through, over and around several of his defensive teammates en route to an impressive display from the ground. On back-to-back plays in 11-on-11 drills, the senior tailback broke off two consecutive runs of approximately 30 and 25 yards without being touched.

Granted the defense wasn't tackling during any portion of the practice so a player may have been in position to make the play, but Brown still ran with great authority and drive for the majority of practice.

"I'm just coming out here and trying to get better," Brown said following practice. "I'm just taking the coaching tips."

Apparently they are working.

And with John Clay on the sideline for the entirety of spring practice, Brown is getting more than enough reps to show the coaches he is handling their coaching tips in the right manner.

"Anytime you can get reps you're always getting better," Brown said. "That's just how I'm looking at it. As Clay is out, I'm able to get more reps and I'm able to work on my craft as a running back."

Defensive backs making plays:

In the first session of 11-on-11 work prior to the special teams portion of practice, Scot Tolzien tried to find Nick Toon. However, with a collapsing pocket, Tolzien rushed the throw and wound up tossing it up for grabs.

By the time the ball got towards Toon, Antonio Fenelus made a play on the ball and intercepted the pass.

Later in practice, Jay Valai jumped a pass intended for Lance Kendricks, picked it off and returned it for a good chunk of yardage before the coaching staff blew their whistles and stopped the play.

Other than the interceptions standing out, the UW secondary, particularly Aaron Henry made some big plays in coverage. On one occasion, after Lance Kendricks had hauled in a pass across the middle, Henry clobbered the tight end and dropped him very quick.

Late in practice, Henry absolutely demolished Isaac Anderson on the far sideline just as the ball got to the wide receiver. The play showed a remarkable display of timing as Anderson would have otherwise made the catch. Instead, Henry arrived at the exact same moment ad broke up the play.

Play of the day:

Early in practice, and though he threw two bad interceptions, Tolzien threw a beautiful ball deep down the near sideline intended for Toon. With Marcus Cromartie tight in coverage, Toon out leapt the young corner and reeled in the deep pass for a big gain.

Injury report:

-No word on the injuries Curt Phillips and Brian Wozniak suffered during Saturday's practice.

-Montee Ball, who received plenty of reps during Saturday's practice, was wearing the green "limited contact" jersey during Monday's practice. As a result, Kyle Zulegar, normally a defensive back, received reps at the tailback position.

Up next:

-The Badgers return to the field Tuesday afternoon for practice No. 7 of 15. Look for a full practice report from late Tuesday evening.

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