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:
What were you doing at 6:30 this AM, #Badgers fans? We were listening to AC/DC in CRS. It was, safe to say, loud.— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) August 4, 2014
Preferably, I always wake up to AC/DC in the morning.
Ben Worgull from BadgerNation.com 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:
Kicker Rafael Gaglianone looks like the real deal. Big time leg. Hit all his FG's, including 48, would have been good from 55-60. Badgers— Evan Flood (@Evan_Flood) August 4, 2014
Quick thoughts from practice: Gaglianone looked good, Shelton played well and Gillins looks much more comfortable @ his 2nd camp. #Badgers— Jon McNamara (@McNamaraRivals) August 4, 2014
Gotta love K Gaglianone's confidence. Per Gary Andersen: "I challenged him today. He said don't worry coach, I'll make them all." 5 for 5.— Jesse Temple (@jessetemple) August 4, 2014
Freshman K Rafael Gaglianone made good first impression with #Badgers. Ball just jumps off his foot. Accurate, too.— Tom Oates (@TomOatesWSJ) August 4, 2014
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:
GA was real pleased with WR George Rushing (@GR3_17) catching some contested passes and stayed consistent throughout morning practice.— Benjamin Worgull (@TheBadgerNation) August 4, 2014
George Rushing appeared to have best day of #Badgers 3 frosh WRs. Smooth.— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) August 4, 2014
Freshman George Rushing also impressed at wide receiver. Still learning, but caught a lot of balls today. #Badgers— Evan Flood (@Evan_Flood) August 4, 2014
Other quick nuggets:
- JUCO safety Serge Trezy is still awaiting clearance academically to join the Wisconsin program, first reported by Jon McNamara of BadgerBlitz.com:
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.
The team is split the first four days of practice but nearly all of the first-team offense was at the AM practice.— Zach Heilprin (@ZachHeilprin) August 4, 2014
#Badgers QBs Stave/McEvoy up and down Monday. McEvoy gets to work behind No. 1/2 lines Tuesday; Stave with 3s.— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) August 4, 2014
Tues' practices are closed to the media, but GA said Tanner McEvoy will switch to the morning session to work with No.1s. Needs to be fair— Benjamin Worgull (@TheBadgerNation) August 4, 2014
- Sophomore cornerback Sojourn Shelton had a pick-six against Stave in the AM session:
Great start to camp for Sojourn Shelton, who had two PBUs and one interception off Stave that he returned for a touchdown #Badgers— Benjamin Worgull (@TheBadgerNation) August 4, 2014
Stay tuned during the week for more B5Q position previews as well as more camp talk later in the week.