August 24, 2010

Badgers round out media portion of camp

MADISON - For the final time this fall camp head coach Bret Bielema allowed members of the local media into practice. And like he intimated during Big Ten media days, Bielema treated the people in attendance to a live scrimmage.

The following is a recap of Tuesday's single practice.

Tolzien's had better days:

During Skele drills early in practice, senior quarterback Scott Tolzien misfired on a couple of occasions in a pretty uncharacteristic manner. On one specific play, Tolzien dropped back and tried firing a toss in the direction of Nick Toon.

Instead of completing the pass to Toon, Jay Valai, who returned to practice with a green jersey, stepped in front and completed the interception. On the very next play, Tolzien tried finding Lance Kendricks across the middle, but found Blake Sorensen instead.

Finally, as if things couldn't get any worse, Tolzien tried hitting Kendricks again, but threw behind the receiver. Dezmen Southward nearly snagged the ball before it hit the ground, which would have marked three straight interceptions.

Later in practice, when the team was participating in live tackling, Tolzien struggled to make a handoff to John Clay and the result was a fumble.

"That was my fault," Tolzien said. "I didn't stick the ball all the way in."

Overall, the senior quarterback has seen better days.

"I think it's good that it happens now," Tolzien said following practice. "We're still not there and there's still some edges we've got to sharpen and that's one of them. That's the biggest thing in the offense, just to take care of the ball.

"If we can learn from it and move on from there it's a good thing. If we don't, then obviously that's our problem and certainly not a good thing."

Offense excels in red zone:

Both the No. 1 and No. 2 offensive units led by Tolzien and Jon Budmayr performed well in the red zone. Starting anywhere from the 22 yard line to the six yard line, the offense scored three out of five times and didn't suffer any turnovers. So though they didn't find the end zone two separate times, they definitely positioned themselves for a field goal opportunity and a chance at points.

Play of the day:

Late in practice, the No. 3 offense and defense had an opportunity to showcase their skills. For Jeff Lewis, that opportunity didn't come without a cost.

With the coaches making it clear that the defense was tackling, Lewis looked to be slowing down in an anticipatory manner while waiting for a whistle. Instead, a defender was able to get in there and rip the ball from his hands, forcing a fumble.

Warren Herring, hot on the spot, was able to swoop in and pick up the loose ball. He then rumbled 30 yards for the easy score, much to the delight of his defensive teammates.

Quick hits:

-David Gilreath and Isaac Anderson remained sidelined with their respective injuries.

-Jay Valai, as mentioned above, was back in practice but was wearing a green "non-contact" jersey as he recovers from a concussion.

-Chris Borland continued to impress during blitz and rush situations. He is a force to be reckoned with and not many on the UW offensive line, at least on the right side, is able to slow him down.

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