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Badger football opens camp with split squad practices

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Badger football team hit the field at 6:20 am for the first practice of fall camp, or at least half of the team did. Head coach Gary Andersen has implemented split squad practices this year, where half of the team practices in the morning, with the other half in the afternoon. The second group took the field at 1 pm. The purpose of splitting the team in half is to get the guys more reps on the field.

"I like the schedule, I think it's great," Andersen said. "The reps were fantastic. The split team, they're tired out there. That last group I had to challenge them a bit to answer the bell. It's a grind for the coaches, but that's good. We can grind the coaches and I think it's the right thing for the kids."

"It is a grind and I want to see how we handle that."

Many of the first team offensive players participated in the morning session. Joel Stave, Melvin Gordon, Corey Clement, Kenzel Doe, Rob Wheelwright, Sam Arneson and the entire offensive line were in the morning practice. Quarterback Tanner McEvoy, who is competing with Stave for the starting QB job, worked in the afternoon with many of the younger kids, making it hard to judge the quarterbacks on an even scale. This is why Andersen plans on switching which practices the QBs participate in on a daily basis.

"The quarterbacks need to rotate just in fairness to them in their ability to be able to compete," Andersen said.

The Badgers first preseason scrimmage will be held Sunday, August 10.

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