Wisconsin held its second spring practice on Tuesday, taking the field for the first time since returning from the offseason on Saturday.
B5Q wasn't able to make it to practice while we prepare for March Madness (Curt Hogg will be traveling to St. Louis for the Badgers' opening-round game against Pitt), so here's a quick run-through of the main news and observations from other local beat writers. We should be back out there on Thursday.
Among the noted depth chart observations, redshirt freshman guard Jon Dietzen practiced with the first team and Leon Jacobs got reps at fullback. Jacobs' move to running back was noted by the staff on National Signing Day; Dietzen redshirted last year after coming to UW as a four-star recruit. For more on him and the outlook for the Badgers' offensive line, check out B5Q's spring preview.
#Badgers football/ Dietzen at LG w/No 1 OL Tuesday. Former LB Leon Jacobs working at FB now. Interesting skill set.— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) March 15, 2016
Redshirt freshman Jon Dietzen took first-team reps at left guard over Micah Kapoi. Michael Deiter still at C with Voltz out.— Jason Galloway (@Jason_Galloway) March 15, 2016
Another interesting note from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Jeff Potrykus: this Corey Clement quote.
#Badgers Clement said No. 1 lesson he learned last year: live in the moment/don't focus on future (NFL).— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) March 15, 2016
Obviously, Clement is eyeing up what some might term a "bounce-back" season in 2016. Last year, he slid into the massive shoes vacated at the starting running back spot by Melvin Gordon and endured injuries and a brief suspension while rushing for 221 yards and five touchdowns.
Clement was also among the jersey number changes noticed over the weekend, as he was listed on UW's official spring roster at No. 24 instead of No. 6. He talked about that change (as well as a number of other topics) to UWBadgers.com, saying the number change could just be for the spring.
Otherwise, Tuesday featured mainly individual reps and a few fleeting glimpses at where young players could settle in. Of course, we're talking about only the second practice of the spring here.
QB Alex Hornibrook and LG Jon Dietzen ran with the ones in very limited team drills.— Benjamin Worgull (@TheBadgerNation) March 15, 2016
Hornibrook threw an awful pass during 11-on-11 today that Leo Musso took the other way for a pick six. He and Houston still need improvement— Jason Galloway (@Jason_Galloway) March 15, 2016
Jon Dietzen, Arrington Farrar both got first team work today. #Badgers— John Veldhuis (@JohnVeldhuis) March 15, 2016
Arrington Farrar and Leo Musso both took first-team reps at safety with D'Cota Dixon in practice this morning.— Jason Galloway (@Jason_Galloway) March 15, 2016
Reggie Love and George Rushing both took reps as the No. 3 WR.— Jason Galloway (@Jason_Galloway) March 15, 2016