MADISON—It was a beautiful Saturday morning to kick off Wisconsin’s 2017 fall camp.
With barely a cloud in the sky and temperatures comfortably in the 70s, players practiced with just helmets and shorts while mostly performing positional and modified team drills inside Camp Randall Stadium.
There was some additional special teams work along with a brief skelly period towards the end of practice, and without any noticeable injuries or ailments, it appeared to be as smooth a start as one could want.
“It was good getting on the field with the guys, and obviously day one of 29 before we play,” Chryst told reporters after practice. “Just getting started but it was certainly good to get on the field with them and kind of get camp going.”
There were some skelly drills later in practice. Disclaimer: this was the first practice of fall camp, so please take all of these highly unofficial statistics with a grain of salt.
- Alex Hornibrook: 7-of-12 (including two nice deep passes to Jazz Peavy and Kyle Penniston)
- Jack Coan: 5-of-6
- Karé Lyles: 4-of-6 (he ended practice with a nice deep strike to wide receiver Ricky Finco and also had two passes dropped)
As was widely reported on Friday, Wisconsin started with redshirt junior Michael Deiter at left tackle for its first practice.
“We’ll always make sure to practice ways to get the best five on the field, so it was permanent today,” Chryst said. “It’s all he took but he’ll still have to do some center stuff, guard. As we go through camp, you’ll see there will be a lot of guys moving, so I wouldn’t try to make that a lead story for anybody.”
Here’s what appeared to be the first-team offensive line from left tackle to right tackle: Deiter, Jon Dietzen, Tyler Biadasz, Beau Benzschawel, and David Edwards.
Again, still the first day of camp.
After practice, Peavy, Kendric Pryor, Jack Dunn, and Cade Green were in the south end zone catching punts.
“Yeah, I think you try to get more out of everything,” Chryst said when asked about getting more of the punt return game. “We’re coaches, but your return game absolutely. How can we get more? The last kickoff return for a touchdown was ‘Trell [Natrell Jamerson] against Maryland, I think. How can we do a better job on our coverage units? Every one of those, you got to look at, so certainly punt return.”