MADISON (WKOW) -- The Badgers spring game kicks off next Saturday, but the team will be without one of its key members. Transfer quarterback Danny O'Brien will not join the Badgers until after he graduates from the University of Maryland in May.
O'Brien's former Terrapins teammate, offensive lineman Max Garcia, will not join him at Wisconsin. He announced his decision Saturday to transfer to the University of Florida, instead.
The Badgers held their second scrimmage of the spring on Saturday with a slight surprise under center: freshman walk-on Joel Stave took all the snaps with the first-team offense, while sophomore Joey Brennan struggled a bit with the second team.
As far as who's catching the ball, the Badgers are still trying to sort that out, too. Wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni is working his guys longer than any other unit at practice.
"We've got a lot to work on, number one. It's just the mentality; we're going to be the first ones out here getting as much work in as we can, and we're going to be the last ones off," said Azzanni. "Right now there are just a lot of guys who need a lot of work on a lot of different things, so we try to steal time anywhere we can. If it's a 10-minute quick post-practice, or getting 'em out to study tables, there is so much we need to work on and I'm trying to build the mentality in these guys of how to work and what big-time players do. I've never seen a big-time player be the first guy off the field and I've been doing this a long time."
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