August 17, 2010

Stanley Cup visits Camp Randall

MADISON - The Wisconsin football team had just finished its ninth day of fall camp when a nifty stretch limo rolled down the ramp and onto the Camp Randall field.

The players, looking somewhat confused, waited in anticipation before Badger hockey alum and Stanley Cup Champion with the Chicago Blackhawks Adam Burish rolled out of the black vehicle.

With the Stanley Cup in hand.

As Burish held the trophy above his head, all the Badger players and coaches gave him a rousing applause and huddle close together to hear his message.

"The two things I got," quarterback Scott Tolzien, who incidentally is a huge Blackhawks fan, said. "How important team unity and team chemistry was in building a championship caliber squad. Then also just maximizing your college days.

"Your college days are the best of your life."

Burish addressed the team for a solid 10 minutes after practice before letting the men of the gridiron take a look at the ice surface's crowned jewel. As a member of Wisconsin's championship team in 2005, and then again this past summer with the Blackhawks, Burish remained adamant about his college career.

"He just won a Stanley Cup an is in the city of Chicago right now," Tolzien said. "He still refers to his college days as the best of his life. That really spoke to me and hopefully it spoke to the rest of the guys, too."

Offense impressive in red zone:

After a somewhat lackluster offensive performance, one that failed to move the chains with any consistency during 'move the ball' drills, both the No. 1 and No. 2 offensive units struck a rhythm during red zone drills.

With Tolzien under center the Badgers were able to score after starting on the 17 yard line in only three plays. Montee Ball started the drive off with a three-yard pounding.

Then Tolzien hit Nick Toon on a three-yard slant before hitting Toon again on the subsequent play for an easy touchdown on yet another slant.

When Jon Budmayr took the reigns, he led a three-play touchdown drive for a score, just like Tolzien.

After firing low to Manasseh Garner, Budmayr stayed confident and hit the freshman on a quick out for nine yards. Facing third and one from the eight yard line, James White cancelled any drama with a simple touchdown scamper off left tackle.

Another tussle:

For the second straight day, freshman Beau Allen found himself in the midst of another round of fisticuffs. This time, he mixed it up with offensive lineman Ryan Groy during offensive-defensive line drills.

By the end of the scuffle, the Minnesota native wound up with his helmet off, but was only deterred by the massive swarm of teammates that helped separate the two.

The scuffle marks the third such event in the past three practices. Basically, it's that time in camp.

"The intensity has been high ever since we've put pads on," senior left guard John Moffitt said. "Then obviously as you get deeper into camp things get a little heated. Sometimes it gets to the point where the defense and offense is constantly one-upping each other. You know what they're doing and they know what you're doing.

"You start to boil over."

The Badgers will practice twice Wednesday, once in the morning and again in the evening. Look for practice reports following each practice on BadgerBlitz.com


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