April 13, 2009

Spring camp report: Day 12

MADISON, Wis. - With snow flurries falling outside, the Wisconsin football team held practice No. 12 inside the warm and cozy McClain Center. And, considering Saturday's scrimmage was over 100 plays long, it is understandable why the team practiced without pads Monday night.

"One of the reasons we backed off today was two-fold," head coach Bret Bielema said. "We had a lot of reps Saturday and guys were a little bit banged up and then we also had six different guys miss today during various parts of either meetings or practice with tests.

"So, I thought it would be better to back off today and we'll be able to full pads tomorrow and Thursday. I like the productivity that we had out here today."

In attendance:
-Konrad Zagzebski: Considered the No. 1 prospect in the Wisconsin 2010 class from Schofield's (WI) D.C. Everest high school.

It was fairly evident Zagzebski was excited to be in attendance as he was seen talking with several UW coaches, including head coach Bielema. Before Zagzebski left, he received a hug from Bielema, who then led him and his family out of the McClain Center.

-Trey Demler: Quarterback prospect from Oshkosh (WI) West high school. Demler is considered one of the top quarterbacks in the state and he spent several minutes talking with Bielema during Monday's practice.

-Mike Hardy: Defensive end prospect from Kimberly (WI) high school. Like Zagzebski and Demler, Hardy is considered one of the top prospects in the Wisconsin 2010 class. After practice, Hardy and his family spent at least 10 minutes talking with UW defensive line coach Charlie Partridge.

Injury report:

-After suffering a hamstring injury last week, linebacker Mike Taylor did not participate in Monday's practice. Taylor was beginning to see more action as the spring season drew on, but suffered a setback that may limit his ability to cap off spring ball. Still, Bielema is holding out hope for Taylor to return for Saturday's spring game.

"You know what, there's a chance that he may go tomorrow," Bielema said. "If not, we're going to try to get Thursday, Saturday just because he's got such limited time on the field. We'd like to see what he's got."

-Quarterback Jon Budmayr, who is battling a sore groin area, was in practice and received plenty of reps Monday night. While Budmayr never really extended a play with his legs, the tight groin wasn't seemingly hampering him too much. His status for Saturday, however, remains up in the air.

"I was actually excited that he got that much work today," Bielema said. "I know that Paul Chryst debated on Saturday whether or not to give him a shot after that first series he just wasn't into it. So, I was happy with what he went out there and did today.

"Hopefully, having another limited role tomorrow, maybe he'll get more action on Saturday."

Red zone drills:

The defensive unit as a whole continues to perform at a high level in red zone drills. During Monday's brief session, the offense yet again had troubles scoring the football. With Budmayr running the offense, the second string defense made several plays.

The first most noticeable was a near interception by mike linebacker Leonard Hubbard. While he was unable to record the pick, the ball skirted harmlessly to the ground on third down. Then, on first and 10 from the 11, Anthony Mains broke into the backfield and recorded a sack.

Finally, on the next play, Hubbard exacted revenge by intercepting Budmayr's pass in the end zone.

Up next:

The Badgers will return for practice No. 13 of 15 Tuesday evening.

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