Fall camp report: Aug. 22 AM

Roderick Rogers (UW Athletics)

News and notes from UW's Monday morning practice

  • Before becoming Jim Leonhard's heir apparent at free safety, Roderick Rogers began his UW career as a cornerback in his first fall camp, two years ago. Now, the first-team free safety is doubling at his old position. Rogers played free safety with the starters Monday morning, but also worked in at cornerback with the second team and in some nickel situations. He played well too, with a couple of pass breakups. On one, quarterback Tyler Donovan tried to complete a corner route to Jarvis Minton, but Rogers closed on the play and put a solid hit on Minton to jar him away from the ball.
  • There was also considerable fluctuation on the second team at linebacker, where the sam-mike-will combinations included all of the following: Travis Beckum-Josh Neal-DeAndre Levy; Beckum-Elijah Hodge-Ben Landgraf; Casey Hogan-Neal-Levy; Beckum-Andy Crooks-Landgraf; Landgraf-Hodge-Levy; Beckum-Neal-Landgraf; Hogan-Neal-Landgraf.
  • The Badgers used a number of different combinations in the nickel, but it looks like Zach Hampton has the edge over Allen Langford at nickel back.
  • One second-team nickel arrangement featured Watkins and Hogan at linebacker, with Rogers and Ikegwuonu at corner, Joe Stellmacher at strong safety, Hampton at nickel back and Shane Carter at free safety.
  • UW has three offensive tackles, three guards and two centers ‘in the depth.' The first team line remains, from left tackle to right tackle, Joe Thomas, Matt Lawrence, Donovan Raiola, Jason Palermo, Kraig Urbik. During one rotation when the second team players — left tackle Eric Vanden Heuvel, left guard Andy Kemp and center Marcus Coleman — were in, Thomas flipped to right tackle and Lawrence flipped to right guard.
  • In addition to Rogers' hit on Minton, there were several notable collisions. Minton was the recipient of another big hit, when corner Brett Bell laid into him. Minton, though, held on to a short pass from Tyler Donovan… Linebacker Josh Neal drilled tailback Dywon Rowan in the backfield. Neal also popped Owen Daniels to break up a short pass attempt.
  • During 9-on-9 work, Kraig Urbik did a nice job getting to the second level and sealing on Andy Crooks. Several plays later, though, Crooks managed a ‘tackle' for loss.
  • Gino Cruse continues to play better. During a 9-on-9 play he chased a running back down the line, taking away any chance at a cutback and allowing his teammates to stuff the play at the line of scrimmage.
  • LaMarr Watkins made a lunging pass breakup during 7-on-7 work, knocking away a John Stocco pass intended for tight end Jason Pociask.
  • Luke Swan has earned a spot in the depth because of his steady play at wide receiver. On one play Monday, Ikegwuonu interfered with Swan, but Swan still caught Dustin Sherer's pass over the middle. Along with Brandon Williams and Marcus Randle El, Swan has been among the Badgers' most consistent receivers.
  • Defensive end Jamal Cooper forced an errant throw, applying quick pressure on Donovan.
  • Jason Chapman stopped a Booker Stanley run before it even got started. Chapman was able to get about five yards deep in the backfield before he was shoved to the ground from the side. With Chapman at his feet, Stanley was forced to hop over him and try to dance to his left, but by then he was swarmed under, well behind the line of scrimmage.
  • Corner Allen Langford had an interception during 11-on-11 work.
  • Receiver Paul Hubbard caught a deep pass along the sideline from Dustin Sherer.

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