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September 4, 2014
Badgers glad to get to game two
MADISON, Wis. - It's been a strange week for Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen, but he said after practice on Thursday that he's ready to get back on the field and put the week's distractions behind him.
"I'm glad it's an early kickoff," Andersen said. "It can't come quick enough."
The Badgers endured a strange 72 hours after their 28-24 loss to LSU in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff, to say the least. Andersen and Melvin Gordon weren't on the same page about just how hurt he was during the game, Tanner McEvoy struggled to complete more than eight passes against a tough LSU secondary, and nobody could seem to decide just how hurt (or not hurt) backup quarterback Joel Stave was.
But the Badgers get to get back on the field in just under two days, and Andersen said it would be hard for his team to be more excited about it than he is.
"If they want to get back out there more than me that would be pretty hard to do," Andersen said. "We're excited to come home. You only get to do this seven times per year."
And although he hasn't had time to really sit back and analyze what went wrong over the last few days, Andersen said at the end of the day he's still most concerned with doing whatever is best for his players.
"I'm always going to try and take care of kids. I know I use those terms a lot, but that's what I'm going to try to do," Andersen said. "I can't say I would drastically change anything. I feel good about the kids understanding that I've got their back."
News and notes:
"Jeremy does have the possibility of playing," Andersen said. "With Warren out for that extended period of time, you're playing with a little bit of a teeter-totter with not redshirting Jeremy or redshirting Jeremy. If we have to put him in a game then we will."
"He's excited about that. I don't know how quite excited I am about that right now, but if we have to get to that spot we will. That is not the plan, though, to necessarily play him in this game."
John Veldhuis covers Wisconsin football, basketball and recruiting for BadgerBlitz.com on the Rivals.com network. Follow him on Twitter at @JohnVeldhuis.