Badger Bits: Juniors Evaluating NFL Fates

Travis Frederick (right, No. 72) is a beast. Before long, he may also be a beast in the NFL. - US PRESSWIRE

Four juniors have sent their names to the NFL, though each one says it was normal procedure.

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas.

Wisconsin travelled to Pasadena yesterday in preparation for the Rose Bowl, likely signifying a push away from Gary Andersen coverage and toward actual game talk. Not that there's anything wrong with Andersen -- this video is a cool look at his "first 48" hours in Madison:

Very nice. I, for one, am really looking forward to the beginning of Andersen's tenure.

Elsewhere...

At least four juniors -- left guard Ryan Groy, center Travis Frederick, wide receiver Jared Abbrederis and linebacker Chris Borland -- have sent their names to the NFL for draft evaluations. As Tom Mulhern of the Wisconsin State Journal points out, Frederick probably will get the highest grade considering he can also play guard and is one of the strongest players on the team. All players, though, say they're just following normal procedure in doing due diligence to see what the next level may hold for them.

Mulhern also has a nice feature on Marcus Cromartie, who gets his third straight crack at a Rose Bowl win. Cromartie talks about his struggles in last year's game and how he's leaving nothing behind in terms of preparation this year.

Terrible news: there will be no "Jump Around" played at the Rose Bowl. That said, I don't think it will stop Badger fans from actually Jumping Around.

We'll close with this: travelling to the Rose Bowl sure doesn't look so rough.

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