The Wisconsin Badgers started their second full week of practice Monday but a new set of injuries threaten the progression of several key positions.
B5Q correspondents couldn't make it down to Camp Randall Stadium on Monday, but here are the news and notes from today's practice from those in the media who attended. As always, follow not just B5Q but all the Badgers beat writers/insiders:
- BadgerNation.com's Ben Worgull
- Wisconsin State Journal's Jason Galloway (a former B5Q writer), Tom Oates and Jim Polzin
- BadgerBlitz.com's (and another B5Q alum) John Veldhuis
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Jeff Potrykus
- 247Sports' Evan Flood
- ESPN Wisconsin's Zach Heilprin
- The Big 1070's Phil Dawson
Injuries plague offensive line
The biggest news of practice came when redshirt freshman Beau Benzschawel did not participate due to a knee injury. With both Benzschawel and redshirt sophomore Hayden Biegel -- who were pegged by offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph to be the contenders for the starting right tackle spot -- tending to their injuries, there was some reshuffling on the line:
Jake Maxwell and Walker Williams worked at right tackle with the starters with Hayden Biegel and Beau Benzschawel on the shelf #Badgers— Benjamin Worgull (@TheBadgerNation) August 17, 2015
#Badgers LT. Marz said Benzschawel was progressing when he went down. Tough blow.— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) August 17, 2015
On top of the injuries affecting the right tackle spot, true freshman Jon Dietzen -- who made a push in the competition for left guard taking on redshirt junior Walker Williams and fifth-year senior Ray Ball -- sat out Monday due to a right ankle injury.
Per Galloway, that left Ball to play left guard with Williams moving outside to right tackle, but then Williams moved back inside to left guard with the first team -- inserting redshirt freshman Jake Maxwell, who's been the back-up to left tackle Tyler Marz, at right tackle.
#Badgers OL coach Rudolph will earn his pay this camp. Running low on bodies.— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) August 17, 2015
Veldhuis has a nice recap noting the various line changes to compensate for the new injuries ($).
More injury updates
- Inside linebackers Leon Jacobs (dislocated toe) and T.J. Edwards (shoulder) were held out of practice again Monday, but per Galloway, it appears the boot has come off Jacobs' right foot.
- New injuries aside from the offensive line surmounted as well:
#Badgers w/ at least 12 players out. New injuries: Jon Dietzen (ankle), Caleb Kinlaw (groin), Jake Keefer (hip) & Beau Benzschawel (knee)— Benjamin Worgull (@TheBadgerNation) August 17, 2015
Also still out: Edwards (shoulder), Jacobs (no boot, though), Biegel (head), Patterson (knee) and Steffes (low back). Brookins is back.— Jason Galloway (@Jason_Galloway) August 17, 2015
Hayden Biegel (head), Leon Jacobs (toe) and TJ Edwards (shoulder) are still out. Arrington Farrar has mono, so he'll sit for a while.— John Veldhuis (@JohnVeldhuis) August 17, 2015
Other observations (and good news)
- Worgull wrote a piece on the solid fall camp fifth-year senior quarterback Joel Stave's having ($)
- There were some NFL scouts on hand at Badgers practice Monday, noted Galloway.
- Sophomore Keelon Brookins and redshirt freshman Ryan Connelly received reps with the first-team defense at inside linebacker in place of Jacobs and Edwards.
- Per ESPN Wisconsin's Zach Heilprin, junior safety Leo Musso continued to work with the first-team defense.
Walk-on freshman Mitchell Herl received first team reps at tight end. Herl had a 40 yard TD catch in 7-on-7. #Badgers— Evan Flood (@Evan_Flood) August 17, 2015