Slowly but surely, some of the Wisconsin Badgers' injured players at key positions are coming back to practice.
A day after practicing in a no-contact jersey, redshirt freshman inside linebacker T.J. Edwards fully returned to practice with the first-team defense on Friday and as the Wisconsin State Journal's Jason Galloway wrote, played alongside true freshman Chris Orr. BadgerNation.com's Ben Worgull has more on Edwards' return and the depth of the inside linebackers ($).
Junior Leon Jacobs appears to be continuing his way back to the field, though he did not practice with the team.
Quarterbacks playing well
I noted during yesterday's recap that redshirt senior quarterback Joel Stave looks sharper this fall camp. ESPN Wisconsin's Zach Heilprin and a couple of other reporters noted the same on Friday. Per Heilprin:
For a second straight day, quarterback Joel Stave let it rip. Twice in team situations, the senior threw with anticipation, getting the ball out before the wide receiver had even made his move. And both times the ball arrived just as they got their head around. One went to Tanner McEvoy for a first down, and the other was an out to Jazz Peavy for a nice gain. He's also getting the ball out of his hands quicker when pressure is in his face. He hit McEvoy on a quick slant for a first down when the defense came on a blitz. He's never going to be a world beater but Stave has clearly taken a step up from the last time UW played a game.
In my view, #Badgers Stave getting ball out quicker so far. Anticipating. Curious to see if it continues.— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) August 21, 2015
Heilprin also notes in his recap that redshirt freshman quarterback D.J. Gillins had a good day as well, connecting with sophomore wide receiver Krenwick Sanders on some nice passes towards the end of practice.
Read BadgerBlitz.com's John Veldhuis article about the performance of the Badgers signal callers ($).
Other observations from Friday's camp
Taiwan Deal and Serge Trezy were out today. Steffes and T.J. Watt were out again but just for rest. Jesse Hayes back at full strength.— Jason Galloway (@Jason_Galloway) August 21, 2015
Leo Musso is now getting most of the first-team reps alongside Caputo when McEvoy is at WR.— Jason Galloway (@Jason_Galloway) August 21, 2015
Joe Rudolph said yesterday there's still competition at LG and wasn't just saying that: Micah Kapoi took a few 1st team reps @ LG. #Badgers— John Veldhuis (@JohnVeldhuis) August 21, 2015
#Badgers practice just finished. Taiwan Deal and Serge Trezy sat out, in addition to usual suspects. Still no H Biegel, Benzschawel.— John Veldhuis (@JohnVeldhuis) August 21, 2015
#Badgers D. Watt on broken foot last year: "I never really felt 100% last year." Watt could flourish in 2015.— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) August 21, 2015
Just my opinion: #Badgers best three WRs so far: Erickson, McEvoy and Fredrick. (Sanders made 2 nice catches 2day)— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) August 21, 2015
Haven't seen #Badgers RT Hayden Biegel since "head" injury Aug. 14. Have to believe Walker Williams starts opener.— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) August 21, 2015