Badger football coach Gary Andersen joined us live at Camp Randall after yesterday's open scrimmage. Hear his conversation with our very own Mike Lucas.
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The Packers start preseason play tonight at 7. Yesterday, we talked with Justin Hull, from the Score in Appleton, to get ready for tonight's battle between the Packers and the Arizona Cardinals.
Hull on Jermichael Finley:
I think if you’re Rodgers you have to do everything you can to be on the right page with Finley because [of] the departures that they’ve had. He came into the league in 2007, 2008 was his rookie year, and we’ve been sold on this potential and this breakout player that one of these days is going to be one of the top tight ends in the league. Well it’s 2013; it’s a contract year and we’re all waiting to see it happen. He’s going to be a huge part of the offense, whether or not people like Jermichael Finley, people are going to have to get used to him. I’m sure Rodgers is doing whatever he can to make sure those two are on the same page heading into the season, because he can’t lose another guy in the locker room. He can’t lose anybody in that locker room specifically when it comes to his weapons, because there aren’t as many as there used to be.
Hull on David Bakhtiari:
I remember on draft day he was telling the media that he was surprised at how low he fell, going in the fourth round. He fits right in to that MO of Ted Thompson when it comes to drafting mid-round offensive lineman that can come in and can contribute. He’s going to have a lot on his shoulders this preseason if he is [going to be] able to hold onto that left tackle position heading into the year, protecting Aaron Rodgers backside.
Earlier today, NCAA President Mark Emmert, announced breaking news that the NCAA will no longer sell memorabilia. Our Badgers insider Andy Baggot, from the Wisconsin State Journal, joined the show to share his thoughts on the matter and of course, talk a little Badgers football.
Baggot on the NCAA’s decision to stop selling jerseys:
Mark Emmert is going into a corner with this. I don’t think he had much choice to take the actions that he did. Let’s face it. This is what the NCAA is known for. The NCAA is known more for its issues right now than the good that it does for student athletes and that’s the problem. I don’t know if Mark Emmert can steer the ship back toward things that are more academic centric, that are more praiseworthy, all those types of things. The NCAA is in a position right now where it’s trying to fight in a ring with way too many people throwing punches and those punches are hitting some very vulnerable spots.
Baggot on the Badgers’ practices so far:
There is crispness to Gary’s Practice that seems noticeable. That’s not to say that Bret Bielema didn’t have a pace to his practice, but there’s little bit more of a tempo that’s going on. You don’t hear a lot of "in your face" profanity, getting after guys, and that type of thing, and that might change when there’s hitting, but up to this point it’s been very businesslike and very purposeful. Separating the offense and the defense for portions of practice, that’s kind of been a new thing. I think we’re going to see a lot of new things with Gary Andersen.
It’s Day 2 of practices for the Badgers, and Jeff Potrykus from JSOnline joined us from Madison to give us an inside look at the football team's progress so far and what we can expect this upcoming season.
Potrykus on Dezmen Southward:
He can do anything. He can play corner if they needed. How they use him, whether it’s a blitzer or in run support or in man coverage, will be determined by how strong they are in the other spots in the back end and how comfortable they feel letting him do different things. If they don’t feel comfortable with that other safety spot and they have some issues at corner, you’re going to see him more being a deep safety, which is not what they want to do. He can do that, but he can do so many other things, so the more comfortable they are with the other guys, the more they will be able to use him aggressively, which is what they want to do, and it’s what Dez wants to do as well.
Potrykus on the quarterback battle:
They have two scrimmages set on Mondays; I believe it’s the 12th and the 19th. They are both open to the public. I think that after those two scrimmages you should have a good idea, or at a minimum, go from three to two, and after that second one you’ll probably have a good idea as to who has that inside track on that number one spot. Unless it’s so bunched up that no one has separated one way or the other, I think it’s going to be quite obvious who’s going to be the number one guy.
Potrykus on Tanner McEvoy:
[His throw] is a funky motion. I counted three times yesterday that his passes were batted down by defensive backs, [because] you can’t see things as quickly the first day, you have to get used to how quickly the DBs can react. All three guys were okay yesterday. I think the head coach put it best afterward. He said, “This is not going to be decided in one day. Every day is important.” These guys are at least two weeks off before someone makes a jump and says, “I‘m the guy pick me.”
Sports Illustrated's Don Banks joined the Mike Heller Show today to talk about the Packers after recieving the news that Brian Bulaga will be out for the year with a torn ACL.
On Bulaga injury:
It really is I think one of the most devastating injuries they could have suffered. They've got choices. None of them look like good choices. The put a lot of eggs in that basket thinking Bulaga could handle that job. So it's either Newhouse or Sherrod.
On Crosby struggles:
They have been living with this for awhile. He has had some ugly stretches where they stuck with him and he responded. But if you're going to make a change in that department, obviously the preseason is when you do it. Otherwise your doing it because it's an absolute desperation move during the season. I think if it becomes a pattern it's obviously going to intensify and Mason might be an ex-Packer kicker by the time week 1 rolls around.