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After spring game canceled, Badgers host "productive" practice indoors


Wisconsin football's spring game was canceled because of bad weather, but the Badgers didn't let the day go to waste.

With recruits, families and alumni on the sidelines, the team hosted an indoor practice Friday afternoon. Head coach Paul Chryst said the extra energy in the building gave his team some extra motivation.

"I think we got some good work done today," Chryst said. "I thought it was a good week and you know every play this time of year is good. Whether it went positive or not there's great learning."

One of the most welcomed sights Friday night was the return of receiver Quintez Cephus, who practiced for the first time since injuring his leg against Indiana in early November. Cephus had 501 receiving yards and six touchdowns in his sophomore year, before the injury shut him down for the season.

"He was excited just to get out today and wanted to do more so it means a ton and it's good for him and it's good for Alex (Hornibrook) and all of us," Chryst said.

Amherst alumnus Garrett Groshek also returned, marking his first practice since breaking a bone in his left during the Orange Bowl on December 30.

"I had tons of time to recover and focus on getting my body ready for the summer and workouts and stuff like that," Groshek, who was the WFCA state player of the year as a high school senior in 2015, said. "Everything went well and I was able to progress enough to get a little bit out of practice."

Chryst said the cancellation of the spring game had no negative impact on his team. He said they accomplished everything they would have wanted to get done in the game, just in a different venue.

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