Defense claims win in Badgers’ spring game

Defense claims win in Badgers’ spring game

Fans returned to Camp Randall Stadium Friday evening, giving the Wisconsin football team an energetic atmosphere as the Badgers put the wraps on spring practice.

The Wisconsin Football Spring Game saw the White team (defense) edge the Cardinal squad (offense), 20-17, in an effort led by linebacker Griffin Grady’s nine tackles and an interception from cornerback Ceasar Williams.

Three different Badgers — Garret Rand, Isaiahh Loudermilk and David Pfaff — recorded sacks. Grady joined Christian Bell, Seth Currens (2), Natrell Jamerson and Madison Cone in adding pass breakups to the White team’s stats sheet.

Offensively, quarterback Jack Coan tallied 121 yards and a touchdown on 10-for-17 passing for the Cardinal. Kare Lyles also saw action, finishing 2 of 6 for 16 yards. Cardinal’s lone touchdown came in the closing seconds as Coan found tight end Zander Neuville in the end zone on a quick 8-yard pass. Kyle Penniston led the Badgers with three receptions for 33 yards.

Fans cheered loudly for kicker Rafael Gaglianone’s return to action after missing a large portion of last season due to injury. He was successful on 2 of 3 field-goal attempts, connecting twice from 42 yards out.

UW running back Bradrick Shaw also opened up Cardinal’s running game with a 20-yard run on his second attempt of the game, finishing with 34 yards on four carries. Troy Laufenberg (7 carries for 31 yards) and Garrett Groshek (12 for 29) added to Cardinal’s yardage.

Wisconsin now begins the 133-day countdown until it kicks off the season on Friday, Sept. 1, by facing Utah State at Camp Randall Stadium.