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2014 Wisconsin fall camp: Rounding up Day 5 of practice

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The Badgers practiced in full pads for the first time this fall on Friday. Here's a roundup of everything that happened.

Grey Satterfield

After opening camp with a series of split-squad sessions, the Wisconsin Badgers finally pulled on full pads for Friday afternoon's practice. We weren't able to get someone out there today, but here's everything that happened via Twitter, with our own observations/commentary included.

Observations

This seemed to be the higlight/lowlight/somethinglight of Friday's practice. People are always watching for training camp skirmishes, whether we're talking college or NFL football. When it comes to quarterbacks, especially quarterbacks on teams with a battle at quarterback, magnify that immensely. At least Stave was OK, and still turned in a solid practice.

Well, that's convincing. The pro-McEvoy contingent stresses the desires of Gary Andersen and Ludwig to run a more spread-out offense featuring a mobile/dual-threat quarterback, but they're not going to just immediately cave to those wishes. People tend to forget Stave's high points as a quarterback and point to his inconsistencies. The latter is undeniably an issue, but if he's going to come out this summer/fall and flat-out out-play McEvoy, the decision to start him won't be very hard.

It's early, as goes the caveat with all these August observations, but Stave seems to be doing well for himself.

Two important things here: 1. Freshman kicker Rafael Gaglianone has been near-perfect in camp thus far. 2. We finally know how exactly to pronounce his last name. Again, it's still early, but unlike the Stave/McEvoy battle, the coaching staff is not going to be swayed by Jack Russell's previous performances when it comes to choosing a kicker. Gaglianone might be running away with the job at this point.

Mike Caputo could very well be the Badgers' most likely candidate for a breakout season this fall. Perhaps that's a bit far -- he was especially solid last year, but with Dezmen Southward gone and the secondary still lacking a guy-to presence (Sojourn Shelton is still only a sophomore), Caputo is in line for a major role.

Injuries/absences

Great news on Devin Gaulden, who's battled so many injuries after arriving in Madison with considerable hype. I'm working on our cornerbacks preview as we speak, but Gaulden's the greatest x-factor in the secondary, and possibly the whole defense, thus far. With Shelton the leader and Darius Hillary expected to take another step up, the depth of the position likely hinges on Gaulden's ability to stay healthy.

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