MADISON, Wis. -- One tradition Wisconsin football coach Gary Andersen has implemented during fall camp is the idea that incoming players must earn the logo on the side of their helmets. On Monday, for example, the sides of every new player's helmets were blank, with a single black stripe the only decoration.
By Friday's practice, five players had been "de-striped" and received "Ws" on their helmets: running back Corey Clement, outside linebacker Leon Jacobs, wide receiver Rob Wheelwright, outside linebacker Alec James and offensive lineman Chris Gill.
Andersen said the de-striping was determined by the players' "Big Brother" -- a name given for an upperclassman in charge of showing newcomers the ropes -- as well as position coaches and Andersen himself.
Among the most impressive newcomers, without question, has been Clement, whose knack for bowling over defenders continues to draw attention.
"I'm sure that everybody saw what Corey did for his first days of practice that he was out here," Andersen said following Friday's practice -- the first for the Badgers in full pads. "What I saw was No. 1, he's tough. No. 2, he's very smart, handles the offense well. No. 3, he has unbelievable ball security for a freshman. I probably shouldn't even say that.
"He's doing a very nice job of that right now. He came in here well-rounded. With what we hoped to get out of him at this point into camp, it's definitely moving in the right direction."
Clement set South New Jersey records for single-game (479) and single-season (2,510) yardage totals, as well as career rushing yards (6,245). Though James White and Melvin Gordon will garner the bulk of Wisconsin's carries, Clement has made it difficult to keep him off the field.
Quarterback competition continues: Andersen remained mum on the progress of his three quarterbacks battling for the starting job: Joel Stave, Curt Phillips and Tanner McEvoy.
"Things are shaping up a little bit in some of the battles," Andersen said. "The one you're most worried about, concerned about and want to talk about the most, I don't have a whole lot to say about that."
Still, Stave looked impressive during the portion of Friday's practice open to the media, while McEvoy had perhaps his worst day of fall camp.
Stave was the first quarterback to take snaps with the first-team offense during an 11-on-11 drill at his own 35-yard-line. He completed all four of his pass attempts, including a 35-yard strike to wide receiver Jared Abbrederis. McEvoy then completed 1 of 2 passes while playing with a mixture of starters and reserves.
Phillips, who did not throw during the 11-on-11 drill, was the first quarterback to take snaps during a red-zone skeleton drill and rotated with Stave. Phillips completed just 3 of 8 passes, which included a four-yard touchdown pass to tight end Brian Wozniak.
Stave completed 6 of 7 passes and hit tight end Austin Maly for a four-yard touchdown.
McEvoy, meanwhile, clearly struggled. He completed 2 of 5 passes -- including a four-yard touchdown to fullback Derek Watt. But he also was intercepted by safety Michael Caputo in the end zone.
The quarterbacks then progressed to an 11-on-11 red zone drill, in which Phillips completed all three passes, highlighted by a five-yard touchdown to Watt. His final play of the drill was stopped after he would have taken a sack for holding the ball too long. Stave completed 1 of 2 passes in the 11-on-11 red zone drill.
The offense finished by running an 11-on-11 drill that began at the 35. Stave finished 0 for 3 and just missed a deep ball on the run to Abbrederis. Phillips went 0 for 1 on a throwaway just before stepping out of bounds on the run.
McEvoy went 1 for 2, but his first pass was nearly intercepted again by Caputo. His second pass was caught near midfield by receiver Chase Hammond, who fumbled the ball after coming down with it. Linebacker Ben Ruechel came up with the fumble.
Wisconsin holds its first of two scrimmages Monday, and Andersen is hoping some separation emerges.
"We're not going to tackle the quarterback on Monday, but we're going to buzz the quarterback pretty tight on Monday in that scrimmage just to see how we truly react to pressure and the ability to get out of things, ability to make those decisions," Andersen said.
"Can the team go score? Ultimately that is the bottom line at the quarterback position. There's a lot of things that go into that. There's 10 other guys. But he's got to be able to have his unit be productive around him. Those scrimmages will be a big part of that."
Two-minute drill: During the end of Thursday's practice, Wisconsin's players were seen running a conditioning drill that resembled something of a two-minute drill. It featured only running plays and focused on getting the offense and defense properly aligned.
One set of 22 players lined up, followed by another set, and the drill repeated until all the teams made it down the field. When players tired, Andersen challenged them and even made one group do half the drill over again.
As it turned out, Andersen used some improvisational skills with the entire drill -- one he had never used anywhere before.
"I thought about that one in about period 19," he said Friday. "Put it together with the managers. I grabbed them and told them, 'Let's try this drill out for conditioning.' I just wanted to try to find a drill that put them in the moment for playing the game and not running gassers. Make them think. And not really wear out the wide receivers but kind of wear out the offensive and defensive linemen to get them moving because they're subbing in and out so fast. That was kind of one of those deals.
"I dont know where I thought of it. I thought of it and away we go. We'll do it again. I thought it was a decent drill and the kids got some good conditioning out of it."
Scrimmage format:Andersen said Monday's scrimmage -- which is open to the public at 3:40 p.m. -- would feature live kickoffs and full kickoff returns at the beginning. While the quarterbacks won't be tackled, the rest of play will be live and consist of several different drive scenarios.
The first- and second-team offenses will start two separate drives at the 25-yard-line, followed by two more drives from the 35 or 40. The third-team offense will then take reps.
The punters will be up next, and while the punts will be live, the returns will not. The specialists will then handle extra-point and field-goal tries. Finally, the scrimmage will conclude with a series of red-zone situations.
"Thats going to be 100-plus (reps) by the time we get there with some special teams," Andersen said. "If it happens to not be because of the drive-it series, then we may get one two-minute scenario in there. But thats not likely in the scrimmage."