Blog: Mains to return and other leftover UW football notes

2010-08-09T23:45:00Z 2010-09-29T10:20:24Z Blog: Mains to return and other leftover UW football notesTom Mulhern | 608-252-6169 | tmulhern@madison.com madison.com

Some leftover notes from the University of Wisconsin football team's first day of practice:

• Sophomore defensive end Anthony Mains is not part of the 105-player roster for preseason camp, but remains on the team. Mains, 6-foot-6, 226 pounds, from Naples, Fla., will join the team after the first day of school, when the roster expands. Mains, who is a scholarship player, played sparingly last season and helped out at defensive tackle due to a lack of numbers in the spring.

• UW coach Bret Bielema didn't mind the oppressive heat inside Camp Randall Stadium that greeted the team for its afternoon practice, especially with the opening game in Las Vegas, Nev.

"I really was hoping we'd get this kind of stuff — maybe not to this extreme — but it's going to educate our guys on taking care of it," Bielema said.

• Junior defensive lineman J.J. Watt spoke to the team on Sunday night and talked about his early impressions of the freshman class.

 "One of the things he emphasized was how impressed he was with the freshman group and the way they came in and worked and hit the ground running," Bielema said.

• UW quarterbacks were all wearing knee braces — although it was not done in support of backup Curt Phillips, who is wearing a brace while returning from ACL surgery. The quarterbacks are wearing the braces on their front, or plant, legs, something offensive coordinator Paul Chryst did with his quarterbacks while at Oregon State.

"The leg that is vulnerable in a situation where someone could fall into that," Bielema said. "Something Paul had done at Oregon State, the players saw it during some of the stuff they were watching on Oregon State film."

• The Badgers need to develop some depth at safety behind starters Jay Valai and Aaron Henry, although Bielema's primary concern is that the starters "separate themselves from everybody."

Bielema said Shelton Johnson, a redshirt sophomore starting his third year, had a good start to camp. Also, Bielema mentioned promising freshman Michael Trotter, who was slowed by mononucleosis late in the summer, so he's behind a bit in conditioning. Other contenders include cornerback Dezmen Southward, who apparently is working some at safety, and junior walk-on Adam Hampton.

• Freshman walk-on Drew McAdams, from Madison East, is listed as a quarterback on the roster. McAdams will work as the quarterback on the scout team when the Badgers face spread opponents. Otherwise, McAdams will sit in receiver meetings and practice at that position. It's the same way redshirt freshman Jared Abbrederis, a former prep quarterback from Wautoma, was handled last season.

• Marquis Mason, 6-4, 226, also from Madison East, is working with the wide receivers for now. So is Manasseh Garner, 6-2, 204, who is from Pittsburgh and listed as a tight end.

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