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UW safety Lubern Figaro runs back an interception on against Bowling Green in a 2014 game at Camp Randall Stadium.

University of Wisconsin defensive back Lubern Figaro was back at safety during practice Tuesday in the McClain Center.

The junior was moved to cornerback to begin spring practice.

As a true freshman in 2014, he started seven games at safety alongside former UW safety Michael Caputo before being buried on the depth chart last season.

Figaro took the majority of second-team reps at safety while Keelon Brookins. Arrington Farrar and Joe Ferguson took the first-team reps at the position, but that was due to the absence of Leo Musso (class) and D’Cota Dixon (left groin injury).

Tight end shine

It was an outstanding day for the tight ends in the passing game, with redshirt freshman Kyle Penniston serving as perhaps the most impressive.

Penniston and Troy Fumagalli caught a number of passes during team and 7-on-7 drills, and the two combined for three receptions — each for 20-plus yards.

Redshirt freshman David Edwards caught a deep pass from Alex Hornibrook during a 7-on-7 period.

“I think Kyle stood out a little bit and made some plays,” Rudolph said. “I think both (Penniston and Edwards) at times are swimming a little bit. You’ll see it with a (false start penalty), but I think coach Turner has been doing a really good job with them. I like both those guys. If they don’t have a significant role this year, they will soon because they compete.”

QBs perform well

It’s been an inconsistent spring from the quarterbacks, but both Bart Houston and Hornibrook performed well.

Houston was 7-for-12 passing during team drills and went 4-for-6 during the 7-on-7 period with an interception to cornerback Natrell Jamerson that was tipped up in the air by wide receiver Jazz Peavy.

Hornibrook began the team drills portion by leading the second-team offense on a 60-yard touchdown drive in which he completed 4 of 5 passes. That drive included a 31-yard pass to Reggie Love and three completions to Peavy — the final one a 12-yard touchdown.

The redshirt freshman finished 8-for-15 in team drills and 4-for-6 during 7-on-7.

Houston and Hornibrook continue to split first-team reps.

James earns first-team reps

Defensive end Alec James took the majority of first-team reps in the base defense in place of Chikwe Obasih.

Obasih, who had taken first-team reps every other day this spring and started the past two seasons, still took a number of first-team reps in nickel packages and with the second-team base unit.

From the infirmary

Along with Dixon’s injury, outside linebacker Jake Whalen (right thigh) and wide receiver Ricky Finco (head) were added to the injury report.

Wide receiver Krenwick Sanders left after suffering an undisclosed injury during one-on-one drills against defensive backs.

Outside linebacker Garret Dooley (left thigh), offensive lineman Ben Hemer (head), wide receiver Henry Houden (right thigh) and running back Mark Saari (right hand) remained out, while fullback Austin Ramesh (groin) and offensive lineman George Panos (left shoulder) remained limited.

Extra points

Redshirt freshmen Zack Baun and Max Praschak took the majority of second-team outside linebacker reps. … Redshirt freshman cornerback Titus Booker had an impressive day in coverage and chased down running back Bradrick Shaw to tackle him behind the marker on third down during full-contact team drills. … Brookins jumped in front of a Houston pass for an interception during one-on-one drills. … Running back Corey Clement lost a fumble during team drills that T.J. Watt returned for a touchdown. … Two former UW players — quarterback Joel Stave and tight end Austin Traylor — visited practice. Stave, who is attempting to make an NFL team this year, used the field for throwing drills after practice.


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