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Badger football: First two-a-days

Published On: Dec 24 2013 01:44:00 AM CST
Updated On: Aug 11 2013 04:16:32 AM CDT

MADISON, Wis. -

It's another first for the Badger football team. Saturday, the team held its first two-a day practice of fall camp.

The Badgers were in full pads for Saturday morning's practice that ended around 11:15 a.m. The team's night practice is from 5:50 p.m. to 7:20p.m.

The season opener against UMass at Camp Randall is August 31.

The players, of course, don't love two-a-days, but it's part of the deal so players have to be prepared.

"Two a days are different. I think the biggest thing is just taking care of yourself during the break and staying hydrated. Guys are getting a nap, just making sure you hydrate and are ready to go this afternoon," said senior quarterback Curt Phillips.

"I mean it is a grind all day. If you sleep, you come back drowsy, so you don't want any of that, so you grind through the whole day. Then you go to bed right after practice and you just need to keep working hard. It is going to be a challenge. You have to challenge yourself and your teammates to get through the two-a-days. You have to keep working and fight through it," said senior offensive lineman Ryan Groy.

The Badgers will hold their first scrimmage at 3:30 Monday at Camp Randall. It is open to the public. All eyes will be on the quarterbacks. Joel Stave and Curt Phillips have been getting most of the reps with the number one team. Transfer Tanner Mcevoy has been also in the mix. Monday is another chance to the quarterbacks to showcase their talents.

"Scrimmages are always important, but for me I just try to be the same guy every day. To be consistent, I think, that is the biggest thing, just come in each day doing the exact same things and know what they are going to get. You know it's been fun. You know anytime you can be out here is exciting. I think we have a good group of quarterbacks here and that just makes it even better for the team. It's obviously a competition just trying to make the most of our own individual reps," said Phillips.

"It's been going good. [Camp] has been up and down and that is how football has been. I just try to manage the game trying to be smart with the ball and don't turn it over," said red-shirt sophomore quarterback Joel Stave.

The Badgers are off Sunday.

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