Badger Bits: Wisconsin capitalizes on early season motivation

ANN ARBOR MI - NOVEMBER 20: Montee Ball #28 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates a second quarter touchdown with teammate Kevin Zeitler #70 while playing the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on November 20 2010 in Ann Arbor Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Hey everybody- once again Badger Bits are a bit abbreviated. My last final is today so everything should be back to normal for my schedule. Anyway, here are today's Badger Bits!

Tom Mulhern of writes that the Badger football team was ready to do something special as early as the start of summer workouts. If you will recall, Mulhern sat down during the summer with Wisconsin strength coach Ben Herbert. Going in, Mulhern knew that the offense could put up a lot of points, but still had questions about the other phases of the game.

Mulhern spoke with Herbert about the promise of the 2010 season for the Badgers, and he was very encouraged by the players' attitudes and motivation. "Right now, they're ready," Herbert said. "I wish they had a week of camp and we could play UNLV because they're ready. You've got an older group with a lot of guys who have played football. They're ready to play ball."

Needless to say, most of Mulhern's remaining doubts or questions about the team were answered over the course of Wisconsin's 11-1 season, which will be capped off on January 1st in the Rose Bowl.

More Badger Bits after the jump! spoke with running back Montee Ball and center Peter Konz about the upcoming Rose Bowl match up with TCU. 

Tom Mulhern of takes a look at the oft-over looked TCU offensive attack.

Mulhern also spoke with some of the Wisconsin football players that received their degrees at the conclusion of the fall semester.

Jeff Potrykus says that there isn't any word yet about who will replace Dave Doeren as defensive coordinator, but confirms the general speculation that defensive line coach Charlie Partridge and secondary coach Chris Ash are the two leading candidates currently on staff.

Potrykus also has a piece about redshirt freshman Travis Frederick. Frederick has been redshirting this past season, and is looking to take over one of the starting offensive line spots next year.

According to former Wisconsin quarterback Brooks Bollinger, Scott Tolzein has what it takes to win at the Rose Bowl.

Potrykus also discusses what most Badger fans know by now: Wisconsin wins football games by limiting penalties and turnovers.

And now, to make your Wednesday that much better, here is JJ Watt's biggest fan:

10 days until the Rose Bowl!

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