Madison -- The Wisconsin Badgers continued their spring sessions on Tuesday morning, running drills and training inside the McClain Center adjacent to Camp Randall Stadium.
Their seventh practice of the 15 between March and April wasn't the most flashy
As always, one spring practice does not paint the full picture entirely, but B5Q made it down to practice for the last 90 minutes of the early week session.
- Initial thoughts that pop out are that of cornerbacks Natrell Jamerson and Titus Booker, who had some nice pass break-ups today against the receivers. Jamerson intercepted a pass off a ball that was tipped up by wide receiver Jazz Peavy, who slipped on the play. The Florida native picked it out of the air and took it the other way. Booker looked solid.
- Like would-be redshirt freshman tight end Kyle Penniston a lot. Didn't chart plays today like some other media members did, but he reeled in some nice catches in the session that went for some decent yardage. You can read more about Penniston's development from BadgerNation.com ($)
- Defensive end Alec James got some work with the first-team defensive line alongside Olive Sagapolu and Conor Sheehy.
- Offensive line didn't change for the first team. From left tackle to right tackle: Ryan Ramczyk, Jon Dietzen, Michael Deiter, Beau Benzschawel, Jake Maxwell
- Quarterbacks looked decent today. Liked Bart Houston a bit better today with some of his passes sans the interception that wasn't his fault, with southpaw Alex Hornibrook having a decent outing as well (a couple of nice deep balls). Spring ball's the time to make mistakes to test each quarterback's limits; with that, it's intriguing to see the anticipating you're seeing both throw with the ball, especially on comeback routes. John Veldhuis from BadgerBlitz.com breaks their performances down nicely here. ($). The Wisconsin State Journal's Jason Galloway does the same as well.
- Running back Dare Ogunbowale had a couple of nice runs in their morning session.
- There were a couple of procedural penalties, it appeared during the practice, with the defense pointing to the guilty parties on the opposing side.
- At the end of the practice, the offense had to perform some up-downs.
- Former Big Ten linebacker of the year and walk-on Joe Schobert was in attendance today.
- Safety D'Cota Dixon was added to the injury list with a left groin. In a possible correction to a previous tweet sent earlier, he was replaced by Joe Ferguson with the first-team alongside Arrington Farrar, though. It appeared Musso returned at the end of practice I thought, but could have been mistaken based on other media reports stating otherwise.
- Also out were outside linebacker Garrett Dooley (left thigh), wide receiver Ricky Finco (head), offensive lineman Ben Hemer (head), wide receiver Henry Houden (right thigh), running back Mark Saari (right hand), outside linebacker Jake Whalen (right thigh).
- Limited were offensive lineman George Panos (left shoulder) and fullback Austin Ramesh (groin)
Other sights and sounds
- As Galloway pointed out, Lubern Figaro was at safety.
- It also appears cornerback Derrick Tindal was receiving some reps at wide receiver, though wide receivers coach Ted Gilmore told Galloway it's just due to low numbers and nothing else.
- Read the piece from Jeff Potrykus on Dan Voltz' recovery
Check back with B5Q on a feature on Peavy in the coming days.