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Thursday, April 2, 2009
Improved WR play highlights Wisconsin's practice

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin went through a full-pads practice Thursday afternoon at the McClain Center, and I was there for almost the entire workout (had to step out to interview Ohio State safety Kurt Coleman, and a friend called informing me the Bears had traded for Jay Cutler, woo hoo!).

All four candidates for the Badgers' starting quarterback spot got plenty of work, as did an improved wide receiver corps led by Kyle Jefferson and Nick Toon, the son of former NFL star and Badgers great Al Toon. The younger Toon has been one of Wisconsin's spring standouts, and he didn't disappoint today, hauling in several receptions. He also nearly made a circus catch, only to cough up the ball to safety Aubrey Pleasant for a turnover.

"It's growing pains," offensive coordinator Paul Chryst said. "Nick has a big-time play and then puts the ball on the ground. Is that a good thing? Yeah, he got there, made it, got big, but bad that he didn't finish. So shoot, that's spring ball."

Here are some other observations from the Badgers' workout: