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Badgers experiment with new practice format

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Wisconsin Badgers head football coach Gary Andersen is experimenting with a new practice routine this fall.

The Badgers have a very young roster, so Andersen is splitting the team in half. One half of the players practice in the morning, the other half in the afternoon.

Andersen wants to maximize each player's amount of reps by minimizing the number of players on the field at any one time. But what effect will it have on the players by next week? That's what Andersen intends to find out.

 "I want to see how they can really react to a grinding, mental camp," he said. "I'm not going to say physically. We're going to beat them up. It'll be challenging. But I want to see how we handle that."

The Badgers hold a intra-squad scrimmage Sunday. Andersen said he is excited to see how his team responds both physically and mentally the next day in practice.

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