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Wisconsin football: fall camp practice no. 11

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A lengthy scrimmage, and an injury to an already thin TE group highlighted the events from today.

Jack Sanborn (#57) and Maema Njongmeta (#55) both had great days during Mondays scrimmage

Monday morning, Wisconsin moved back into Camp Randall Stadium for an earlier practice with rain in the forecast for the early afternoon. The Badgers spent a large portion of the practice scrimmaging to work on in game communication for both the offense and defense.

Paul Chryst noted at Football Media Day that Wisconsin wanted to do more situational based work this fall camp to better prepare the younger players for different circumstances that may pop up in a game this season. The vast majority of the over two hour practice was dedicated to scrimmaging different scenarios.

Injury notes

A couple possible starters and second team players did not practice today, and a few more did not participate in the scrimmage portion:

  • Christian Bell was out with a right leg injury.
  • Tyler Biadasz and Cole Van Lanen were still limited, participating only in individual drills.
  • Faion Hicks was held out of practice with a leg injury.
  • Isaiahh Loudermilk remained out.
  • Gunnar Roberge was out with an arm injury.
  • A.J. Taylor remained out.
  • Zack Baun wore a yellow no contact jersey, and did not participate in the scrimmage portion.
  • Garrett Rand, Jonathan Taylor, and Danny Davis all saw very limited work during the scrimmage portion of practice.
  • Luke Benzschawel hurt his leg during the scrimmaging session, and was helped off the field, and later was carted to the locker room. He appeared to be upset, and in a lot of pain.
  • In positive news, Michael Furtney resumed practice along the offensive line.

The groupings

While this is not an exhaustive list of the players who earned reps with the first and second team units, this was the regular rotation of players who saw the most time.

*Please note this is not a depth chart, but rather a look at who received the most reps and in what positions for this one scrimmage day. *

The offense

The defense

Scrimmage highlights

  • Interception by Collin Wilder on a dropped pass by Jack Dunn.
  • Bryson William with a nice fumble recovery with Sanborn forcing a fumble in an explosive play in the backfield.
  • Isaiah Mullins with a sack.
  • A long connection between Jack Coan and Jake Ferguson.
  • Leo Chenal with a would be sack blowing past JT on a blitz concept.
  • Nice back shoulder throw from Coan to Kendric Pryor for a long possible touchdown.
  • Wheel route touchdown catch by Jonathan Taylor from Coan.
  • Pryor with a fly sweep touchdown.
  • Jaylan Franklin with a pretty sack of Danny Vanden Boom coming around the edge.
  • Alexander Smith with an interception of Coan.
  • Coan with a deep post route to Jack Dunn for a long gain.
  • Coan with a back shoulder touchdown to Adam Krumholz.

Other observations

Some younger players were able to get in and get their feet wet with the first and second teams today. Specifically on defense, Semar Melvin and Rodas Johnson saw more time with the second unit, and made plays.

I thought Maema Njongmeta had a great day of practice today. He always appeared near the ball, had a nice sack, and made a number of tackles in the backfield and in space. He is very quick and has a real motor.

On offense, Nakia Watson had his best practice of the fall. He ran hard and was a load to bring down, consistently falling forward after contact. He had a long run get called back on a would be holding call where he burst through to the second level.

Although he is not young per se, I continue to be impressed by Adam Krumholz. The junior receiver has a knack for making tough catches in traffic, and possesses good size on the outside.

Sophomore fullback/h-back John Chenal completed another strong practice as well. Chenal may see his role continue to grow with his emergence, and the potential loss of another tight end with Luke Benzschawel going down with an injury today.

In terms of special teams Anthony Lotti got the most reps as the first team punter, and hit the ball well, while Jack Dunn continued to handle the punt return duties.

In the place kicking competition, Collin Larsh was the better of the two kickers at the top of the depth chart today, as Zach Hintze missed a couple of field goals during the scrimmage. Larsh, on the other hand, did not miss and earned more reps.

Bucky’s 5th Quarter will have more coverage coming from fall camp, as Wisconsin heads into an off day on Tuesday.