Big Ten spring football: Gary Andersen, Melvin Gordon talk Wisconsin's progress

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

A roundup of quotes from Wednesday morning's Big Ten teleconference.

Luke's practice report from Tuesday -- with an update on Joel Stave being ruled out for Saturday's spring game -- is up now. He'll also have a story later this afternoon on redshirt freshman defensive end Chikwe Obasih, who's been one of the breakout stars of the spring. UPDATE: Here's the story on Obasih.

For now, let's dive into some words from Gary Andersen and Melvin Gordon, who hopped on this morning's Big Ten spring football teleconference. We'll have much more to come on the main storylines, but Andersen and Gordon touched on a variety of interesting topics this morning.

That's Michael Deiter, who's filled in a variety of spots on the offensive line due to injuries elsewhere; safety Austin Hudson and quarterback D.J. Gillins

An interesting format for the spring game. Wisconsin, like most teams, doesn't usually go full-contact for the whole game. Still, especially with Stave out and so much movement still going on on defense, that live second half will be interesting.

This is huge for Gaulden, who's struggled with injuries for the past few years. The Badgers have a ton of skill, albeit significant inexperience, in that secondary now.

You'd think "concern" would be a word Andersen would avoid unless it's really how he feels. There's also still plenty of time until things start counting, so this might not be so serious.

Here's Luke's breakdown of McEvoy's practice on Tuesday:

McEvoy commanded the first-team offense, totaling 14 reps. He was 3-for-5 and hurried once by the defense, but looked composed. An option and quarterback read were called for McEvoy, as well as a designed quarterback run.

Partly out of skill (this goes back to James White's freshman year) and partly out of necessity (you know, the lack of consistent receivers not named Jared Abbrederis), this has become a nice staple of Wisconsin's offense. It also lends credence to the jet sweep we've grown to love with Gordon. If he and Clement are indeed viable receivers, opposing defenses will have so many looks to prepare for.

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