The University of Wisconsin held its annual Spring Game earlier today with the offense defeating the defense, 28-22, in a brief, two quarter scrimmage that lasted 30 minutes.
“I felt it was a good finish to what I felt, and coaches felt, was a good spring practice,” said head coach Paul Chryst following the spring game.
The scrimmage featured a couple of touchdown connections between quarterback Alex Hornibrook and wide receiver George Rushing, who is looking to secure the No. 3 wide receiver position behind Rob Wheelwright and Jazz Peavy.
When asked about Rushing’s development this spring, Chryst believes the junior has made the most of his chances.
“He (Rushing) took advantage of the opportunities, and that’s what happens when you practice and stay healthy,” said Chryst.
Hornibrook, a redshirt freshman, finished the scrimmage 4 of 8 for 138 yards and two touchdowns, both of which were to Rushing.
Rushing finished with 2 catches for 89 yards and a pair of scores.
Besides the Hornibrook to Rushing connection, starting tailback Corey Clement looked healthy and was able to find some big holes early on. Clement finished with 5 carries for 36 yards and a touchdown, all on the opening drive of the scrimmage.
Behind Clement, Taiwan Deal and newcomer Bradrick Shaw received most of the carries at tailback.
“I thought Bradrick and Taiwan were able to take advantage of a lot of work this spring,” said Chryst.
The biggest question mark on the team right now might be safety. With D’Cota Dixon (one of the projected starters) missing some of spring with injuries and having to replace both starters from last year in Tanner McEvoy and Mike Caputo, the starting safety spots most likely won’t be locked down until fall camp rolls around.
Chryst likes the depth of the safeties as a group though.
“Arrington Farrar took advantage of some opportunities along with Joe Ferguson and Evan Bondoc,” said Chryst. “The safety positions is the one ‘to be determined’ spot (on the defense) and it will be a true camp (competition).”
Paul Chryst ended the post-game press conference with some praise for the fans for coming out and supporting the team. “I thought it was a great atmosphere and I appreciate people coming out to make it a good and fun day. I thought it was a really good day.”
Given the small sample size that was the spring game, it is tough to draw too many conclusions from the annual Cardinal-White game, but it appears that things are coming along nicely at the positions of biggest concern heading in to the spring.
UW’s focus now turns in to installing the finer parts of the defense and offense ahead of a 29-practice fall camp leading up to a Week 1 matchup with LSU at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.