April 16, 2010

Spring camp: Practice No. 14 report

MADISON - On the eve of Saturday's annual spring game, one of the main priorities of the Wisconsin coaching staff was to get through the festivities unscathed. Thus, the team participated in an abbreviated 18-session practice with helmets only.

Before the team reunites Saturday afternoon in front of the Badger faithful inside Camp Randall, BadgerBlitz.com recaps practice No. 14 of the spring.

Injury free practice:

If the coaches wanted to prevent any late spring injuries from arising during the helmet only practice, they accomplished their goal. Nobody that practiced today seemed to get nicked up, which is good news entering Saturday's full contact scrimmage.

-As expected, Nick Toon did not participate in practice as he recovers from an injury suffered during a scrimmage last Saturday.

-John Clay no longer sported crutches and participated in a small amount of non-contact drills.

-Kevin Claxton, who was questionable for practice today, participated in drills.

-John Moffitt participated throughout the entirety of Friday's practice. He should be good to play Saturday afternoon.

Two-minute drill:

To start the two-minute drill at the end of Friday's practice, Scott Tolzien watched both Isaac Anderson and Kyle Jefferson drop passes that could have easily been caught.

However, facing a third and 10 situation with approximately 90 seconds left to score a touchdown, Tolzien floated a beautiful pass into the outstretched arms of Anderson that not only moved the chains but moved the team into opposing territory.

Following that play, Tolzien found Anderson again for a 13-yard strike before shoveling a pass to Montee Ball on the ensuing play for a two-yard gain. On second and eight from the 17 yard line, Tolzien fired a strike to David Gilreath that set up a first and goal.

That's where things got a bit rocky.

On first down, Tolzien tried to force a pass to Ball, but it was batted down at the line of scrimmage. On second down, Patrick Butrym broke into the backfield and recorded a sack for a loss of nine yards.

As a result, Tolzien was tried to make up for the loss of yardage by forcing throws to the end zone. Unfortunately, he wasn't successful as the defense tightened up and prevented any completion.

When Jon Budmayr entered with the second string offense, he also had a rough go of things. During the very first play of his two-minute drill, Budmayr threw a pass that was tipped at the line before being eventually reeled in by A.J. Fenton for an interception.

After resetting the drill, Budmayr struggled to help the offense move the ball. After Bret Bielema granted the offense five yards after two consecutive incomplete throws, Budmayr started to gain momentum.

He found Jacob Pedersen for nine yards and a first down and Bradie Ewing for seven on back-to-back plays. However, on second and three, Budmayr had another pass tipped at the line of scrimmage and Fenton was there to reel it in for his second interception.

Finally, on the final play of the drill, Budmayr had a chance to throw a touchdown pass but Marcus Cromartie jumped the throw intended for Jeff Duckworth and caught the ball.

Saturday logistics:

Saturday's festivities will be kicked off during family fun day inside the McClain Center from noon until 2:00 p.m. Then, kickoff is set for 2:00 p.m. inside Camp Randall. The game will be live-streamed on BigTenNetwork.com for a $2.99 fee.

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