With Badgers' season over, Andersen era begins

PASADENA, Calif. - With the Badgers 20-14 loss to Stanford in the Rose Bowl, Wisconsin's football program will turn a page, as Gary Andersen becomes the team's new head coach.

"I think the ceiling is very high for this team coming back," junior defensive lineman Beau Allen said. "We got 28 juniors or something like that right now, myself included. I think people are excited about the coaching changes and the new staff."

"We can make history next year and get back here," said redshirt freshman running back Melvin Gordon. "I have faith in our team. I think we can get back here."

It may seem like a huge shakeup with a new head coach coming in and only a couple assistants joining him, however this year's team got to the Rose Bowl Game after similar coaching changes. Wisconsin lost six assistant coaches after the 2011 season.

"Since I've been here, there have been changes every year, so just try to hopefully get settled faster and earlier this year and know what to expect.," said redshirt freshman wide receiver Jordan Fredrick.

Wisconsin will lose a talented senior class, which posted a 40-13 record over the last four years. That mark is tied with the class of 2007 for most wins in four seasons.

"You always learn something from every senior class," redshirt junior offensive lineman Travis Frederick said. "Last year you learned about leadership, you learned about handling things, and this year you learned about perseverance and resiliency."

"I really, really look forward to watching the Badgers play next year," senior running back Montee Ball said. "They're going to be a great team."


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