MADISON — Following a week off for spring break, the Wisconsin football team returned to the field Tuesday morning for the seventh practice of spring ball.
A.J. Taylor’s strong spring continues
Junior wide receiver AJ Taylor has gotten a lot of work this spring. It’s what happens when so many others at the position are out with injuries, including top targets like Quintez Cephus, Danny Davis and Kendric Pryor. Taylor has excelled, regularly finding himself on the end of passes from quarterback Alex Hornibrook.
But practice apparently wasn’t enough. Instead, at Hornibrook’s invite, Taylor joined the junior signal caller in California during spring break to workout with noted quarterbacks coach George Whitfield Jr. and former NFL wide receiver Lance Moore.
“It was a good experience,” Taylor said after practice Tuesday. “I learned a lot about the next level and what it takes to get to the top.”
Listen: A.J. Taylor talks about working out over spring break, the potential of the offense and whether a national title is something they think about.
Getting some reinforcements
Wisconsin got several players back on Tuesday, including cornerback Dontye Carriere-Williams. The redshirt sophomore had offseason surgery and was held out of the first six practices. He went through some drill work but didn’t take part in any team periods.
Defensive linemen Garret Rand and Bryson Williams were also back after missing several practices.
Jake Ferguson making plays
Redshirt freshman tight end Jake Ferguson continues to catch nearly everything thrown his way. He was at it again Tuesday morning, this time managing to haul in a pass one handed with a defender draped all over him.
Ferguson said on “The Camp” podcast that he watches a lot of film on Kansas City Chiefs star Travis Kelce because they have similar body types and he’s made several Kelce-like plays this spring. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Ferguson seems to be well on his way to carving out an important role for Wisconsin this fall.
Alec Ingold puts DE on skates
When you see Alec Ingold you usually think of him as a guy just looking to run you over. And while that’s normally the case, he showed some shiftiness during team drills on Tuesday. The 250-pound Ingold caught a screen pass and just as he was about to turn upfield, he slammed on the brakes and watched as a defensive lineman went flying by as if he was on skates.
Despite all the weapons Wisconsin has on offense, expect Ingold to continue to get touches in short-yardage situations, as well as in the play-action and screen game.
CB Dontye Carriere-Williams
WR Cade Green
WR Emmett Perry
WR Taj Mustapha
WR Kendric Pryor
OLB Zack Baun
Wisconsin returns to the field for practice No. 8 of spring ball on Thursday.