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McEvoy gets crash course at receiver

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The Badgers threw the shoulder pads on for the first time in camp Wednesday and that first contact led to the first injuries.

Both starting inside linebackers Leon Jacobs and T.J. Edwards left practice early. No word on the severity of their injuries.

The Badgers kept Tanner McEvoy on the offensive side of the ball again Wednesday. They are confident in his ability to play safety, too.

Paul Chryst is now saying he wants to get McEvoy up to speed as a receiver. Wisconsin desperately needs someone to step up and take pressure off of Alex Erickson.

At 6'6" with good speed, McEvoy has the physical abilities to be a difference maker. "I mean, it's a tough position. It's not just going out there and catching the ball. I got to work on my releases,  I'm a big body so I've got to learn how to not give up my chest and just kind of get off the ball right and getting off the top of my routes and staying open. So those are the two things I'm focusing on. It's new, new terminology, new language that I've got to learn. I mean it's all pretty simple, I mean pretty similar, but I just need to focus on the little things playing receiver so that's what I'm focusing on," McEvoy said.

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