August 16, 2010

UW finishes Monday's practice under lights

MADISON - Day eight of Wisconsin's fall camp finished up just after 9:30 central time Monday evening. It was the end of a productive, albeit somewhat sloppy, day of work on the gridiron. Here are some notes from the second of two Monday practices.

The following is the audio file from Bielema's meeting with the press.
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Injuries mounting?

Last week it became known that Mike Taylor was set to undergo a procedure on Tuesday that would keep him out of practice for 2-4 weeks and also sideline him for the season opener at UNLV.

Monday night, his backup Blake Sorensen suffered a bit of a setback.

"He just got a little bit sore high on the backside of his calf," Bielema said following the nightcap. "I don't think it's anything significant, but we just wanted to sit him and rest him today."

Both Aaron Henry and Pat Muldoon, two players with a history of significant knee injuries, were sidelined during Monday's evening practice. But it was scheduled and simply precautionary.

"Some guys just wont do two-a-days," Bielema said.

Unfortunately, the defensive line took a hit Monday night when it was learned that Brendan Kelly will be sidelined for three weeks and miss the opener as he will receive a treatment to help his ailing groin.

"The good news is after those three weeks he's probably going to be able to hop right back into it," Bielema said. "If everything goes well. He won't be with us for the UNLV game."

Because he will be injured without attending a class, Bielema is able to bring in another roster player to fill in for him as fall camp progresses. Coddye Ring-Noonan will replace Kelly as he heals.

"It's not necessarily surgical," Bielema said. "It's just something to help him with the healing process."

Another injury cropped up this morning when Zach Davison started noticing some pain in his shoulder. At this point, the coaching staff is taking a precautionary measure with him.

"He's never really had any shoulder issues, but he just felt something in his shoulder," Bielema said. "All the strength in his shoulder that he needed to go out and practice today (wasn't there.)"

Two minute struggles:

Really for the first time all camp both the No. 1 and No. 2 units engaged in a two minute drill situation. With 1:44 on the clock and ball placed on their own 31 yard line, the offense had one timeout to work with while needing a touchdown.

Unfortunately, things didn't go well for either unit.

With Scott Tolzien under center, the drive ended on fourth down when Chris Borland broke into the back field and would have logged a sack. The whistle never blew during the non-tackling drill and Tolzien continued on.

As he rolled to his left and fired the ball towards Nick Toon, Antonio Fenelus jumped the route and intercepted the pass.

Then, with Jon Budmayr under center, a drive ended on a first down play in opponent territory. This time, Budmayr tried to force a pass deep downfield towards Isaac Anderson, but the ball sailed on him and fell into the hands of Conor O'Neill who quickly took a knee to seal the series.

"That was the first time we worked two minute drill," Bielema said. "You could tell. We need to work that department."

Fashion Statement:

The majority of the team were suited up in half pack (shoulder pads and shorts) during Monday's practice. However, three linemen, John Moffitt, Gabe Carimi and Ryan Groy, were suited up in full attire.

"They did that on their own," Bielema said. "They've had a couple of nice fashion statements throughout fall camp. I'm going to outlaw the midrifts a lot of them have going.

"Actually, the lineman see their knee brace stays up better if they keep their pants on."

Play of the day:

During scout team work against the No. 1 defense, athlete Drew McAdams threw a beautiful lofted pass to his high school teammate Marquis Mason in the far corner of the endzone.

Those Mason was blanketed in coverage, he was able to out jump the defender and reel in the pass for a touchdown.

The Badgers return Tuesday afternoon for their only practice of the day.

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