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2014 Wisconsin fall camp: Badgers' first day in the books

The Wisconsin Badgers started Gary Andersen's second year as head coach Monday with two practices. B5Q looks through the eyes' of the beat writers' to see how a couple of true freshmen have left a good first impression.

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Less than a month away from the Wisconsin Badgers' date with the LSU Tigers in Houston on August 30. Crazy how time flies during the summer, amirite?

The start of fall camp began today in Camp Randall Stadium at 6:20 a.m. CT, and I'm sure all the neighbors on Breese Terrace and the Regent Street neighborhoods loved the playlist from this morning:

Preferably, I always wake up to AC/DC in the morning.

Ben Worgull from has two great lists of who participated in the morning and afternoon practices as the first four days of practices are a split-squad variety with a mix of newcomers and Badgers veterans in each practice. Worgull's columns also had a nice, detailed look at his thoughts on the first day of camp.

Badgers fans -- please keep in mind these are the first two practices of the year, so A LOT can change between Monday's practice and August 30th, but it was intriguing to see certain players shine during the first day.

Gaglianone shows leg first day

Freshman kicker Rafael Gaglianone stood out to many writers this morning. Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote a quick column this morning about the kicker nailing field goals of 21, 21, 39, 44 and 49 yards. Worgull did the same, with some great quotes from the 5'11, 231-pound linebacker Brazilian. Among the others deemed impressed:

Incumbent starting kicker Jack Russell also had a good day, along with sophomore Andrew Endicott, making all of their kicks, according to Fox Sports Wisconsin's Jesse Temple.

Gaglianone seems to have some confidence and is hoping to back up the talk with the walk. Should be an intriguing battle between the three of them, especially with an early scrimmage coming up on Sunday.

Another true freshman stands out... at wide receiver

Gary Andersen mentioned during Big Ten media days last Monday there needs to be two of the true freshmen wide receivers to ride on that airplane down to Houston to face LSU. Again, only the first day of practice, but true freshman George Rushing stood out:

Other quick nuggets:

  • JUCO safety Serge Trezy is still awaiting clearance academically to join the Wisconsin program, first reported by Jon McNamara of

Per Andersen after Monday's afternoon practice, if he isn't cleared soon, he could be redshirted and join the team in January.

  • Many first and second team offensive players practiced in the morning, as quarterback Joel Stave took snaps under center Dan Voltz.
  • His main competition for starting quarterback, Tanner McEvoy, practiced in the afternoon. Per Andersen, the two will switch places tomorrow in practices closed to media.

  • Sophomore cornerback Sojourn Shelton had a pick-six against Stave in the AM session:

Stay tuned during the week for more B5Q position previews as well as more camp talk later in the week.