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Wisconsin football: Alex Hornibrook plays well on first day of full-pad practices

Practice notes and media reports from Friday’s practice.

Finally, football is back. Sort of. The Wisconsin Badgers opened fall camp on Monday, following Sunday’s media day festivities. On days such as the past week, when we’re unable to get out to practice ourselves, we’ll do our best to bring you roundups of relevant media analysis and observations from practice.

Full pads are back! After the first four practices were limited with, at-best, "half-pack," Wisconsin players were in full gear on Friday morning.

All eyes are on the quarterbacks, as Bart Houston and Alex Hornibrook are competing to start against LSU on Sept. 3. On Friday, reports had Hornibrook, the 6’4, 219-pound southpaw, performing better than Houston.

A reminder to all of those watching the quarterback race: it’s still early. Really early. First-day-of-pads early. You cannot deny the progression of the redshirt freshman, however, from the end of the spring to now. He’s firmly in the race to be the starter in 2016.

Observations on the wide receivers

Replacing Alex Erickson and his 77 receptions from 2015 will be a task for this year’s wide receivers. The position group is talented, especially with the welcomed development of Robert Wheelwright and Jazz Peavy last season, along with Reggie Love and George Rushing blossoming more during the tail end of spring practices.

It will be interesting to see how the true freshmen like Quintez Cephus and A.J. Taylor develop early on, but Cephus — a former basketball recruit — seems to be standing out early on.

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