I dealt with the quarterbacks in a previous post, so here some other notes to come out of the University of Wisconsin football team's Monday morning practice, the first open to the media:

Redshirt freshman wide receiver Jordan Fredrick got all of the work with the No. 1 offense. The top three receivers were Abbrederis, Fredrick and sophomore Kenzel Doe, who had one drop of what would have been a first-down completion.

Fredrick (6-foot-3, 215 pounds), from Madison Memorial, was close to playing as a freshman until suffering a shoulder injury. He wore a green non-contact jersey in the spring, following shoulder surgery.

Sophomore Chase Hammond was out with a concussion he suffered on Saturday.

UW coach Bret Bielema is still concerned about the depth behind Chris Borland at middle linebacker, which makes the move of Derek Watt to fullback even more surprising.

All three starting linebackers were limited because the Badgers had another practice Monday night and Bielema restricts players, who have major surgeries in their pasts, during two-a-days.

Sophomore Marcus Trotter worked as the No. 1 middle linebacker when Borland was out. But the Badgers want someone with more athleticism at the position.

Enter walk-on Nick Hill, who has been through torn ACLs in each knee and was one of three players suspended for an off-field incident in February of 2010. Hill was the only one of the three players allowed to return.

"Last Wednesday or Thursday, (Hill) had an unbelieveable practice, really flashed," Bielema said. "I made a big deal of it. He's battled through a lot, personally and off the field with injuries.

"At Wisconsin, if we've got good players, we've got to get them on the field. He's so athletic, I think he's rangy. We'll work him both at will and mike. (I'm) really worried about the mike depth, if Chris wasn't in there. 'Trot' does a lot of really good things but we want someone that probably can run a little bit better and (is) a little more athletic."

Starting defensive tackle Beau Allen has been out with a sprained ankle since early in camp. He was replaced by sophomore Warren Herring, who Bielema said is the third tackle.

That leaves sophomore Bryce Gilbert and true freshman Arthur Goldberg to battle for the fourth spot.


Redshirt freshman strong safety Michael Caputo made a couple nice plays, intercepting a Stave pass and also forcing a fumble by running back Vonte Jackson.

Caputo was mostly a running back in high school at West Allegheny in Imperial, Pa. UW coaches debated moving him to linebacker, but Bielema wanted him at safety.

"I was steadfast and sat him down, 'I think you can play safety here if you just play smart and get a feel for it,' " Bielema said. "He's had a really nice camp."

Senior running back Montee Ball took part in some 7-on-7 drills, wearing a green no-contact jersey, and showed no ill effects from the concussion he suffered when he was assaulted on Aug. 1.

"I thought he looked crisp, locked in," Bielema said. "We'll keep him out of contact the rest of the week."


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When I saw the headline, all I could think of is big lineman Travis Fredrick as a receiver. Kind of an April Fools type of joke.

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