According to UWBadgers.com the defense dominated the offense in the "move the ball" and third down drills during Monday morning's practice. It's always hard to tell if that means the defense is good or the offense was struggling. The Badgers also work on punt blocks. Here's a factoid to file away to make you look smart at the bar or a pre-game party: UW blocked two punts last year and both were returned for TDs.
Tom Mulhern shares a variety of highlights from the morning practice. Click the link because there's too much stuff to sum up here in a sentence or two.
Jeff Potrykus shares rounds up some of the highlights from both Monday practices in his notes section. It seems like sophomore cornerback Marcus Cromartie is pushing for more playing time, and possibly a starting spot.
In the night practice, UW worked on the two-minute drill for the first time in camp and true freshman WR Marquis Mason made a pair of tough TD catches.
The offensive line is next up in the Journal Sentinel's position-by-position look at the Badgers. Jeff Potrykus writes that seniors Bill Nagy and John Moffitt are happy to be practicing after missing camp last year because of injuries.
Sticking with the offensive line, Tom Mulhern writes that the Badgers line could be the leaders of the team this year.
Linebacker Blake Sorensen practically begged Bielema last winter to get him on the field anyway possible this season. Sorensen is getting his wish for more playing time Mike Taylor out indefinitely with second knee surgery.
Mike Lucas shares 15 things we don't know about quarterback Scott Tolzien. I might have an internal conflict here. I'm a diehard Badger fan but I'm not sure I can pull for someone who says Jay Leno is one of his favorite TV shows.
ESPN has another one of its clever programming themes. This times it's 20 in '10. Adam Rittenberg recaps how the Big Ten did. UW is #10 on the best shot at a national title, the UW-OSU game is one of 20 must-see games, and Wisconsin is a team to be wart of, when your defense is tired.
Rittenberg puts Wisconsin at #5 in his defensive line rankings, writing that he likes UW's ends but is nervous about the tackle position.
Ben Worgull writes that freshman DT Beau Allen has a good chance to get a lot of playing time this year.
The Big Ten Network football tour won't hit Madison until next week but Brent Yarina notes he's going to spend most of his time watching the defense since he knows what to expect from the UW offense.
This isn't much of an update but in Jimmy Boyd's Memphis preview he notes that former UW running back Lance Smith, who transfered to Memphis, had a disappointing first season and is trying to come back from a broken leg.
Smith is having a better time than another former Badger. Lionell Crawford, who player QB for the Badgers in the late 80's and early 90's was shot in Houston during an attempted carjacking. Crawford, a high school coach at his alma mater, is in stable condition.
In another UW alumni news, Chris Chambers married a woman who used to stalk him. I wish the couple well but it sounds like they've got a lot of drama.
And if you still want more alumni news, Dave Heller has links to some stories on Badgers in the NFL as well as some other stuff.
If you're in Madison today, you can have lunch with Coach Bielema at 11:30am at the Elks Lodge for $10.
Hoops Marinara writes that UW assistant coach Howard Moore is one of six finalists for the UIC head coaching position but that Moore might be better served staying in Madison. The reason? It's already the middle of August, making it difficult to have an impact this year both on the court and the recruiting trail.