While the Wisconsin Badgers ventured into full pad mode for the first time in fall camp, the excitement was quickly dimmed this morning with the announcement by Wisconsin Athletic Communications that senior safeties Shane Carter and Aubrey Pleasant were suspended indefinitely by head coach Bret Bielema.
Here's the release:
"Aubrey Pleasant and Shane Carter, both senior defensive backs with the Wisconsin football program, have been indefinitely suspended from the team, head coach Bret Bielema announced Saturday.
Pleasant has made 80 career tackles in 41 appearances (14 starts). Carter has played in 37 games (20 starts) for the Badgers and registered 98 tackles and nine interceptions."
Obviously very vague, but expect Bret Bielema to explain it, or at least be asked about it, at practice today.
BadgerBeat.com - Wisconsin Badgers football: Carter, Pleasant suspended (the first beat to mention the suspensions this morning)
Friday's full pad practice lasted about two and a half hours according to the report.
"On the defensive side of things, the defensive lineman worked on fending off cut blocks, while the freshmen defensive lineman got personal instruction from head coach Bret Bielema. The linebackers tried to improve their lateral movement as defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Dave Doeren pointed in a certain direction that they then had to follow. The secondary focused on reading the quarterback’s body movement as a key for where he might pass, while they later worked on positioning against a receiver so as to alter his route."
Player of the Day: Cornerback Aaron Henry
According to UWBadgers.com's report, Henry had three interceptions in practice, including a pick on a 15-yard out pattern by Isaac Anderson.
Furthermore, with the news of Carter and Pleasant's suspensions, it's good to see positive news out of the secondary. It's hard to believe that Henry has three years of eligibility left. Expect big things out of him this season, if he can stay healthy.
Today (Day 6): First two-a-day practice of the season. First one is at 9:30 AM, with the second at 7:40 PM. Full pads again. Reminder: Bielema will speak after the first practice, so hopefully we'll find out some details on the suspensions.