What I Saw, Heard, and Learned at Spring Football Practice in Wisconsin This Week – The Athletic

MADISON, Wisconsin – Wisconsin completed its 12th of 15 spring training sessions at the McClain Center on Saturday and is now entering its final week. Nine practices have been fully open to reporters so far, including all three practices this week, which provided further insight into the state of affairs for the Badgers.

Here are some key observations as the Wisconsin staff takes shape.

1. One of the most pressing questions from fans with Wisconsin working through spring training is whether there will be any noticeable differences on offense under new coordinator Bobby Engram. While coaches have pointed to subtle changes to certain groups of positions, in practice staff’s willingness to diversify the passing attack has occasionally been noted.

“I would say we still play away like Wisconsin football is,” Badgers receiver Markus Allen said. “But I would say everyone is a threat. We can have four receivers, three receivers, even tight ends. Each can be valuable reading for any game.

At times, Wisconsin has used a combination of receivers with a tight end or a running back to involve four or five players as potential pass-catching threats. That didn’t always mean an empty backcourt, but could be an option next season. According to Pro Football Focus, the Badgers ran a total of 19 plays from an empty set with at least one running back and tight end on the field last season. This number ranked 12th in the Big Ten and 92nd nationally. Allen said this spring’s approach is new and offers more complexity for defense to be considered during a game. What I Saw, Heard, and Learned at Spring Football Practice in Wisconsin This Week – The Athletic

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