August 18, 2010

Offense shines during scrimmage

MADISON - Members of the local media have been welcomed into Camp Randall Stadium to take in practice since Monday morning. In that time frame, the No. 1 defense had been showcasing its skill in a slightly more impressive manner than the No. 1 offense.

That was until Wednesday morning.

After going through the motions-individual dills, skele drills, inside running drills and move the chains-head coach Bret Bielema decided to finish the morning practice with a live scrimmage, including live tackling.

And the No. 1 offense responded in a big way.

On the first play from scrimmage John Clay introduced himself to Kevin Rouse in punishing fashion. The junior tailback took the handoff from Scott Tolzien, went to his right, bulldozed the young linebacker and rumbled for 11 yards before tripping to the ground.

It was just one of his seven caries on the drive, but it served as a primer for the rest of the series. Of the 13 plays, Clay was handed the ball more than half the time and finished the drive with 55 yards rushing and a touchdown.

The No. 1 defense barely stood a chance.

The second time the starters got the ball, this time just outside the redzone at the 21 yard line, it only took three plays to find pay dirt. Tolzien connected with Lance Kendricks for eight yards before Montee Ball took care of the rest.

Following a two-yard run, Ball went off left tackle, shook the falling cornerback and sprinted into the end zone for 11 yards to cap off the three-play drive.

Even the second team offense looked impressive. When they started the drive on their own 29 yard line, James White became the focal point.

Jon Budmayr pushed the drive in motion when he hit Jacob Pedersen for nine yards on a quick slant. Then White racked up 38 yards on five carries, including a two-yard scamper for the score on first and goal.

Jared Abbrederis, who had a couple of drops throughout the practice, caught a big 17-yard pass on second and seven to give the offense momentum against the second squad defense.

Injuries, injuries, injuries:

For the third straight practice, senior linebacker Blake Sorensen did not participate. Joining him on the sideline was senior safety Jay Valai (leg), Jordan Kohout (knee), Mike Taylor (knee), Brendan Kelly (groin) and Kevin Zeitler (ankle).

Taylor and Kelly are expected out at least through the season opener at UNLV. Kohout within the next couple days after suffering a bone bruise last weekend, Zeitler is recovering from an ankle sprain and Sorensen has a calf issue.

Shelton Johnson filled in for Valai and Adam Hampton worked at strong safety with the No. 2 defense.

-In addition to the already established injuries, it seemed as though both Brian Wozniak and Dezmen Southward were shaken up following a pass play early during the scrimmage. There was no word regarding their injuries, but Wozniak remained sidelined for the remainder of practice.

The Badgers will return to the field for a second time Wednesday evening. Look for a complete report later tonight.

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