LOS ANGELES - Holmen, Wis. High School graduate Robert Burge is one of nine seniors on this year's Badgers team. He spent the past two seasons primarily working on special teams, but this year, he's started four games, including the Big Ten Championship game against Nebraska.
"That was probably one of the best moments I've ever been a part of in sports," Burge said. "I can't describe how much fun it was to put 70 points on Nebraska and be part of an o-line that rushed for over 500 yards against that team."
Burge walked-on to play for the Badgers. At the end of last season ... he was awarded with a scholarship. This year, when fall camp arrived, the redshirt senior battled for a starting spot. He did now win that competition.
"The beginning of the season was a little disappointing, not starting the whole year, but I got my opportunity."
That opportunity arrived at the start of Big Ten season. Burge has started three of Wisconsin's past six games as the top reserve offensive lineman.17941402
"It's hard to get ready for games, getting ready to play every position on the line. If somebody goes down, you have to hop in at one of the guard spots or tackle. It's a tough job, but somebody has to be that guy and I was that guy this year."
It's unclear how much playing time Burge will receive in the Rose Bowl Game.
"I'm not entirely sure what will be happening. I know Kyle (Costigan) has been practicing. I've also been told that I will get a few reps. We'll see how it goes."
Regardless of how the playing time shakes out, Tuesday's game will mark the end of Burge's Badgers career.
"It's been quite a journey, nice way to end it out in California. Hopefully we get a win after coming out here a couple of times and coming up short."