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Badgers football: Spring practice report 4/19

Apr 19, 2015 -- 6:04pm
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MADISON - The University of Wisconsin brought in officials and scrimmaged for a third time on Sunday, with some familiar and some not-so-familiar names showing up with good days.
 
Among the standouts was junior running back Corey Clement. The superstitious Clement ran angry at points, stiff-arming cornerback Sojourn Shelton to the ground as he burst off the end for a 20-yard gain. Clement later had clear sailing for a 20-yard touchdown and finished his day with a 2-yard score. In total, he carried the ball 11 times for 104 yards and the two touchdowns.
 
Clement was the lone back with much success on the ground. The others – Dare Ogunbowale, Taiwan Deal and Serge Trezy -- combined for 46 yards on 27 carries.
 
In the passing game, redshirt freshman D.J. Gillins had a nice day. On his second series, he led a 7-play, 55-yard scoring drive that he finished off with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Deal. The next time out, it took him only two plays to get in the end zone – a 5-yard scramble and then a 15-yard bullet to wide receiver Rob Wheelwright for the score. His final drive ended in an interception on fourth-and-goal from the 11, but Gillins was electric in getting them to that point. He scrambled for 13 to convert on third-and-13 and later hit wide receiver Krenwick Sanders for 24 yards on third-and-15.
 
The Florida native finished the day 5 of 9 for 67 yards, with a pair of touchdowns and the interception, while adding 64 yards on the ground on six attempts.
 
Starter Joel Stave had his moments, too, finding Tanner McEvoy for a 9-yard score. Stave was 12 of 19 for 120 yards, with the one touchdown and an interception.
 
Alex Erickson led the way for the receivers, catching four balls for 93 yards, including a 55-yard catch and run from Bart Houston.
 
The other nice receiving day was turned in by tight end Austin Traylor. Known primarily as UW’s best blocking tight end, Traylor hauled in three passes, two of them in heavy traffic, for 62 yards.
 
Defensively, it was an impressive day for new starting inside linebacker T.J. Edwards. The redshirt freshman was all over the field collecting a pair of tackles for loss, a sack, one interception and combining with safety Joe Ferguson to stuff Ogunbowale on a fourth-and-2 play.
 
“He’s playing well,” defensive coordinator Dave Aranda said. “He’s put some consistent days together. I think there has always been flashes with T.J. The biggest improvement he’s made is he’s reduced the negative plays. The plays where he knew he should been somewhere and he recognized it right afterwards. There were a lot of those. And those have gone away. We’d like to be able to eliminate them all.
 
“He’s getting better. I’m excited about the progress he’s making. I know he’s feeling more confident.”
 
The defense had nine sacks in the scrimmage, including ones by outside linebackers Vince Biegel and Jack Cichy, along with cornerback Natrell Jamerson.
 
Shelton continued his hot spring with one interception and two other balls that he almost came up with. His new position coach, Daronte Jones, says he sees Shelton playing with the type of confidence he had in high school and that was missing last season.
 
“It takes a different guy to play on the island. You’ve got to embrace that,” Jones said. “They’re going to make some plays too, but then you make the next play. You have to have that confidence.”
 
Scrimmage stats:
 

Passing

Completions

Attempts

Yards

TDs

INTs

Joel Stave

12

19

120

1

1

Bart Houston

5

11

111

1

1

D.J. Gillins

5

9

67

2

1

Austin Kafentzis

2

4

22

0

0

Alex Hornibrook

2

8

16

0

0

 

Rushing

Attempts

Yards

Touchdowns

Corey Clement

11

104

2

D.J. Gillins

6

64

0

Dare Ogunbowale

12

27

0

Bart Houston

2

17

0

Taiwan Deal

6

14

0

Austin Kafentzis

2

6

0

Serge Trezy

9

5

0

 

Receiving

Catches

Yards

Touchdowns

Alex Erickson

4

93

1

Austin Traylor

3

62

0

Dare Ogunbowale

4

41

0

Krenwick Sanders

2

40

0

Jazz Peavy

2

16

0

Rob Wheelwright

1

15

1

Reggie Love

2

14

0

Corey Clement

2

11

0

Tanner McEvoy

1

9

1

Taiwan Deal

1

7

1

Derek Watt

1

2

0

Serge Trezy

1

1

0

 
1-on-1 drills
 
Before the scrimmage the offensive line matched up with the defensive line and outside linebackers in 1-on-1 pass rushing drills. Here’s how one reporter’s untrained eyes saw the winners and losers in some of those matchups.
 
RT Hayden Biegel >> OLB Vince Biegel
RG Walker Williams >> DE Alec James
NG Conor Sheehy >> C George Panos
C Michael Deiter >> DE Jake Keefer
LG Ray Ball >> DE Chikwe Obasih
LT Tyler Marz >> OLB Joe Schobert
Biegel >> DE James Adeyanju
James >> Williams
RT Beau Benzschawel >> DE Billy Hirschfeld
Deiter >> Sheehy
Marz >> Obasih
 
Injuries:
 
DNP on Sunday:
 
FB Austin Ramesh
TE Eric Steffes (out for spring)
WR Jordan Fredrick (out for spring)
NG Arthur Goldberg
K Rafael Gaglianone (out for spring)
LB D’Cota Dixon (out for spring)
CB Devin Gaulden
CB Derrick Tindal
WR A.J. Jordan
LB Keelon Brookins
 
What’s next?
 
Wisconsin will practice on Wednesday.

Badgers football: Spring practice report 4/17

Apr 17, 2015 -- 9:19pm
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In what's becoming a trend, cornerback Sojourn Shelton put together another good practice on Friday.
 
MADISON - On the warmest day of the year, the University of Wisconsin was back on the field for practice No. 11 of the spring.
 
Observations:
 
Wisconsin got several injured players back on Friday. Wide receiver Rob Wheelwright returned in a limited capacity after missing most of the last three practices. Fellow wide receiver Connor Senger was also back for the first time since early in camp, though he was limited as well. Outside linebacker Garret Dooley took part in individual drills, which was the first time he’s done anything other than rehab the past three practices.
 
Still out: FB Austin Ramesh, WR Jordan Fredrick, CB Devin Gaulden, WR A.J. Jordan, TE Eric Steffes, CB Derrick Tindal, K Rafael Gaglianone and TE T.J. Watt.
 
Added to the injury list: DE Arthur Goldberg (lower left leg)
 
The first-team defense lined up this way on Friday:
 
DE Alec James
NG Conor Sheehy
DE Chikwe Obasih
OLB Joe Schobert
ILB T.J. Edwards
ILB Leon Jacobs
OLB Vince Biegel
CB Sojourn Shelton
S Michael Caputo
S Tanner McEvoy
CB Darius Hillary
 
- Defensive backs coach Daronte Jones is full of energy. After cornerback Sojourn Shelton’s blanket coverage led to an incompletion, the first-year coach sprinted 25 yards to congratulate him, screaming the entire way.
 
- Shelton continues to have a really strong spring. In 7-on-7, quarterback Bart Houston threw a late pass to the sideline and the junior jumped in front for the interception, his third in the last four practices. He’d add another later on in team drills, this time off quarterback Joel Stave.
 
- Defensive end Alec James had his way with the Badgers right tackles in one-on-one pass rushing drills, winning all four of his matchups with Hayden Biegel and Beau Benzschawel. His luck didn’t translate to the other side of the line, though, as left tackle Tyler Marz stoned him in their one matchup.
 
-- In a third down drill, the offense converted just once in nine attempts, with the lone first down coming on an Alex Hornibrook completion to wide receiver Krenwick Sanders.
 
- Stave to McEvoy might be a connection you hear a fair amount of times this fall. The former quarterback turned starting safety is getting reps at wide receiver as well this spring. On Friday in a 7-on-7 drill, Stave found the 6-foot-5 McEvoy on a deep slant route for a 20-yard touchdown. Later, in a red zone drill, Bart Houston found McEvoy for a 20-yard touchdown on the same exact route. On the latter touchdown, cornerback Terrance Floyd was draped all over McEvoy but the seniors’ size made it impossible for Floyd to make a play on the ball. McEvoy is very smooth in his route running and catches the ball with ease.
 
- The top two kick returners were cornerback Natrell Jamerson and wide receiver George Rushing.
 
Stats in move the ball situations:
 
Passing
Joel Stave – 9/14, 88 yards, one touchdown, two sacks and an interception
D.J. Gillins – 2/2, 10 yards, one interception
Alex Hornibrook – 2/2, 23 yards, lost fumble
Bart Houston – 4/5, 66 yards, one touchdown, two sacks
 
Rushing
Corey Clement -- 6 carries, 20 yards
Taiwan Deal – 3 carries, minus-6 yards
Dare Ogunbowale – 5 carries, 4 yards
Serge Trezy – 2 carries, 4 yards
Caleb Kinlaw – 1 carry, 2 yards
 
Receving
Alex Erickson – 4 catches, 64 yards
Tanner McEvoy – 1 catch, 20 yards, 1 touchdown
Corey Clement – 1 catch, 5 yards
Austin Traylor – 3 catches, 21 yards, 1 touchdown
Krenwick Sanders – 2 catches, 17 yards
Kyle Penniston – 1 catch, 3 yards
Taiwan Deal – 2 catches, 23 yards
Troy Fumagalli – 1 catch 29 yards
Jazz Peavy – 1 catch, 7 yards
 
Interceptions:
CB Sojourn Shelton, 1
CB Natrell Jamerson, 1
 
What’s next:
 
Wisconsin will be back on the practice field on Sunday.

Badgers football: Spring practice report 4/15

Apr 15, 2015 -- 11:01pm
 
MADISON - Head coach Paul Chryst seemed much more pleased with his University of Wisconsin football team following their 10th practice of the spring. There was no yelling at the end of the session, just a quick huddle before sending the players on their way.
 
“I liked the kid’s energy. Still a lot of things we have to clean up but I see some guys getting better, too. That’s always good,” said Chryst, who noted they have just four practices and the spring game left. “We’ve got to really push it and take advantage of the time we’ve got.”
 
It was an up and down day for the offense. Early in practice the team did what’s called an inside drill, which is essentially 7-on-7 in the trenches with no wide receivers or defensive backs. On four of the first five plays, UW’s running backs popped loose for what would have been 15-yard touchdowns, including two by junior Corey Clement.
 
They also had some success running during the team portion of practice in move the ball situations. Clement had seven carries for 38 yards, while junior Dare Ogunbowale added 45 yards on 12 carries with one touchdown.
 
But the defense largely held UW’s passing game in check during 11-on-11 work. In six possessions, senior Joel Stave was 7 of 16 for 96 yards and was sacked three times. He was also victimized by three drops from his receivers. The other three quarterbacks – Bart Houston, D.J. Gillins and Alex Hornibrook – got a combined five drives and together completed 3 of 8 passes.
 
On the defensive side of the ball, junior Vince Biegel spent plenty of time in the backfield, including a sack of Stave on fourth-and-1 in team drills. Inside linebacker T.J. Edwards and defensive end Alec James also had sacks for UW. Safety Tanner McEvoy had an interception for a second straight practice and fellow safety Joe Ferguson recovered a fumble.
 
New face in a new place
 
There was a new player going through running back drills on Wednesday night. Junior college transfer Serge Trezy, who had spent the first eight practices playing cornerback, was on the offensive side of the ball in practice No. 9.
 
“We wanted to take a look at what Serge could do,” Chryst said. “You watch his high school tape. Just want to see if it’s a place that suits him.”
 
It’s a place that definitely suited him in high school. He rushed for 4,164 yards and 54 touchdowns as a three-year starter at Agape Christian Academy in Orlando, Florida. He ended up at Eastern Arizona Junior College where in 2013 he ran for 814 yards and scored six touchdowns.
 
But the previous staff recruited Trezy with the idea of putting him and his speed – he reportedly ran a 4.31 40-yard dash – on defense, specifically at cornerback. Despite that, Trezy said when he committed that he felt he would end up playing running back and it appears that’s where he will stay for now.
 
On Wednesday, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound, Trezy got thrown into the fire in team drills, carrying the ball six times for 26 yards. While he showed some really nice burst, he also allowed the ball to be ripped out of his hands twice, one of which was recovered by the defense.
 
“He did some (good things),” Chryst said. “Didn’t take care of the ball very well but for his first snaps he did all right. Really early in it.”
 
Injury update
 
The damage for cornerback Derrick Tindal appears to be limited to a concussion. The sophomore was taken off the field on Sunday in an ambulance after trying to make a tackle on running back Taiwan Deal. UW officials said he was released from the hospital that night and Chryst said he ran into Tindal earlier in the day on Wednesday.
 
“He’s in good spirits,” Chryst said. “All those guys, you never quite know (how guys will handle it). Each guy is a little bit different. We’ve got a good protocol. We’ll follow that and we’ll see.”
 
There was no timetable for his return.
 
Meanwhile, center Dan Voltz, who left Sunday’s scrimmage on crutches, had his left foot in a walking boot and didn’t take part in practice.
 
Junior wide receiver Rob Wheelwright remained out for UW as he recovers from a lower body injury. Offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph said Sunday he expected Wheelwright back soon and Chryst reiterated that feeling.
 
“I would hope he comes back. Every day you hope he comes back,” Chryst said. “I think it’s important for him. Spring is a great time for guys to improve. When you don’t go on the field you miss some of those key opportunities to get better. That’s Rob and all the injured players.”
 
In addition to Tindal, Voltz and Wheelwright, the Badgers were also without wide receivers A.J. Jordan, Jordan Fredrick and Connor Senger, outside linebacker Garret Dooley, kicker Rafael Gaglianone and cornerback Devin Gaulden among others.
 
“I don’t think there is one kid that wants to be injured,” Chryst said. “But you want them to take advantage of the opportunities. You get to this point in spring and say unfortunately we only get 15 of these. It’s important enough to have them. You want guys to be at them.”
 
OL vs DL
 
UW’s offensive and defensive lines do a 1-on-1 pass rushing drill every practice.
 
Here are some of the matchups and winners – at least according to the untrained eye of this reporter:
 
LT Tyler Marz > DE Jake Keefer
DE Chikwe Obasih > LG Ray Ball
NG Arthur Goldberg > C Michael Deiter
NG Conor Sheehy > RG Micah Kapoi
RG Walker Williams > DE Alec James
DE James Adeyanju > RT Hayden Biegel
James > RT Beau Benzschawel
Keefer > C George Panos
Marz > Obasih
Ball > Adeyanju
NG Jeremy Patterson > G Ben Hemer
Deiter > Keefer
Sheehy > Kapoi
Panos > Keefer
Williams > Goldberg
Marz > Adeyanju
Goldberg > Williams
 
Kicking
 
Junior Andrew Endicott was 4 of 5 on the night. He was good from 33, 33, 33 and 48 but missed from 32.
 
What’s next?
 
Wisconsin will hold their 10th practice of spring on Friday.

Badgers basketball: Iverson makes it official

Apr 15, 2015 -- 12:57pm
 
MADISON - The University of Wisconsin’s class of 2015 is now officially four members strong.
 
The team announced Wednesday that Khalil Iverson (Delaware, Ohio) had signed his national letter of intent.
 
The 6-foot-5 Iverson is rated by the 247Sports.com Composite as a three-star player and the No. 11 player in the state of Ohio in the class of 2015. Wisconsin offered the small forward a scholarship in early February and he committed soon after.
 
“Khalil is a young man who has persevered through a lot both on and off the court to make himself into an exceptional player and an even better person,” UW coach Bo Ryan said in a statement. “Our staff and program are ecstatic to have Khalil joining our Badger family and believe he is only scratching the surface of how impactful he can be down the road.
 
“One look at Khalil and you see all the physical attributes of a phenomenal athlete that can impact the game in so many ways. But, perhaps the most intriguing and overlooked qualities of Khalil’s game are his unselfishness and passing ability. He’s an exceptional talent that could dominate games at any point but he was always most concerned about involving his teammates, playing unselfishly and winning. Those are qualities that have been cornerstones of our program’s success."
 
As a senior, Iverson was a first-team All-Ohio selection while averaging 17 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists per game. He recorded three triple-doubles while leading his team to a 20-5 record.
 
“We’ve always tried to take a diligent approach when evaluating potential student-athletes to make sure we find the right fit for our program and university,” Ryan said. “Khalil’s willingness to keep improving and working towards his goals were very revealing about him and his character. He stayed the course and has developed into a terrific young man who I’m positive will represent the University of Wisconsin in all the right ways in the future.”
 
He chose the Badgers over offers from Tennessee, Penn State and others.
 
Iverson joins shooting guard Brevin Pritzl (De Pere, Wisconsin) and power forwards Charlie Thomas (Clarksville, Maryland) and Alex Illikainen (Wolfeboro, New Hampshire) as commitments in the class of 2015.
 

Badgers football: Gordon to attend the NFL draft

Apr 14, 2015 -- 7:58pm
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Last year Jadeveon Clowney got his hug from commissioner Roger Goodell. This year Melvin Gordon will have that chance in Chicago.
 
MADISON - Melvin Gordon is going to get his chance to hug NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
 
The NFL announced on Tuesday the 26 players that would attend the annual restocking of talent, which will be held in Chicago this year, and the University of Wisconsin running back was on the list.
 
He becomes the first former UW player to attend the draft in person and will more than likely hear his name called in the first round, which will be held the night of April 30. As has become a somewhat uncomfortable custom, players that are at the draft and get selected walk out in front of the crowd to where Goodell is standing and the two embrace.
 
Gordon is one of five players from the Big Ten that will be in attendance, including his former high school teammate and Kenosha native Trey Waynes of Michigan State.
 
Here is the full list of those going to Chicago:

Badgers football: Where is Melvin Gordon in the latest mock drafts?

Apr 14, 2015 -- 1:15am
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MADISON - Mock drafts are fun. They allow football-starved fans an opportunity to try and see what their favorite NFL team might do in the draft. But let's be honest: They are very rarely anywhere close to being accurate by the time the first round finishes, and that’s likely to be the case again when the festivities kickoff in Chicago on April 30.
 
Still, the speculation of where players might go is interesting, and that includes where University of Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon will end up. Below is a compilation of mock drafts with his potential landing spots.
 
Name
Team
First RB taken?
Mel Kiper Jr.,ESPN
No. 24 to the Arizona Cardinals
No
Todd McShay, ESPN
Not in the first round
No
Rob Rang, CBSSports
No. 17 to the San Diego Charges
Yes
Dane Brugler, CBSSports
No. 17 to the San Diego Chargers
No
Pete Prisco, CBSSports
No. 24 to the Arizona Cardinals
Yes
Peter Schrager, Fox Sports
No. 27 to the Dallas Cowboys
No
Charley Casserly, NFL.com
No. 24 to the Arizona Cardinals
No
Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
No. 24 to the Arizona Cardinals
No
Brian Baldinger, NFL.com
No. 27 to the Dallas Cowboys
No
WalterFootball.com
No. 23 to the Detroit Lions
No
Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk
No. 27 to the Dallas Cowboys
No
Josh Norris, Rotoworld
Not in the first round
No
Draftsite.com
No. 28 to the Indianapolis Colts
Yes
Draftcountdown.com
No. 24 to the Arizona Cardinals
No

 

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