Hornibrook-practice notes and observations

Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Alex Hornibrook (12) throws a pass during the team's first fall practice at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis., Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. M.P. KING -- State Journal

The University of Wisconsin finished up its first padded practice (and third overall) of fall camp Wednesday. Here's what we saw:

-- The Badgers did seven-on-seven and team drills for the first time this fall, meaning we got a first look at UW's quarterback battle. While camp stats can't tell the whole story, here's how Bart Houston and Alex Hornibrook fared:


Houston: 7-for-11, one INT (Jamerson)

Hornibrook: 6-for-12


Houston: 4-for-9, INT (Shelton)

Hornibrook: 7-for-13, INT (Jamerson)

Both of Houston's interceptions were returned for touchdowns. There's still a long way to go before the season opener against LSU, but both quarterbacks are still looking for more consistency.

-- Freshmen wide receivers Quintez Cephus and A.J. Taylor saw a heavy dose of reps during 7-on-7 and team drills. It appears the two are still behind Reggie Love and George Rushing, but both are fighting to see the field this season.

-- Jon Dietzen (LG) and David Edwards (RT) were given some first-team reps Wednesday. Dietzen's reps may be due to the Badgers wanting to limit the reps of Dan Voltz, who is coming off a major knee injury. Edwards was moved from tight end to tackle this summer. Micah Kapoi (LG) and Brett Connors (RT) were also given some reps with UW's other three starters on the line (Ryan Ramczyk, Michael Deiter and Beau Benzschawel) during team drills.

-- Safety Keelon Brookins (groin) was limited Wednesday, while offensive lineman George Panos (right shoulder) and inside linebacker T.J. Edwards (left foot) remained out. UW also limited the reps of wide receiver Rob Wheelwright, but he is not suffering from an injury.


Jason Galloway is the Wisconsin Badgers football beat writer for the Wisconsin State Journal.