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Badgers football: Defensive backfield trio relishes opportunity to finish out together

2013-03-07T03:30:00Z Badgers football: Defensive backfield trio relishes opportunity to finish out togetherTOM MULHERN | Wisconsin State Journal | tmulhern@madison.com | 608-252-6169 madison.com

A couple of days before the University of Wisconsin’s pro day at the McClain Center on Wednesday, three former Badgers defensive backs went out to dinner together to savor their final few days with each other.

Cornerbacks Marcus Cromartie and Devin Smith and safety Shelton Johnson shared time at the dinner table, and then again for Wednesday’s workouts.

“It was great, just being able to sit down and have laughs and joke around,” Smith said of the dinner. “We were here five years together. Being able to finish this process together, it’s a blessing.”

Smith was disappointed in his 40 time of 4.50 — “Not good enough for what I wanted to run” — and hopes he gets another chance to improve on it.

Johnson was content with his time of 4.40 and was also thrilled to have a little more time on the field with his two former teammates in the secondary.

“As long as I feel like I’m prepared, that kind of settles my nerves down a lot,” Johnson said. “That’s all that’s really left is to come out here and have fun. ... It’s the last opportunity we’ve got to do what we do as a unit.”

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