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Badger Bits: Muldoon preparing for larger role

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Ever felt like you're living in someone's shadow? I think we've all felt this way before, and Wisconsin defensive end Pat Muldoon probably does too: he's J.J. Watt's primary backup.

Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has done some digging into what it's like to be Pat Muldoon, and he found that the Wisconsin coaching staff is high on Muldoon, despite his limited playing time. Outgoing defensive coordinator Dave Doeren said this about Muldoon: "He is strong, smart and dependable. When he is playing on two good legs he is going to be a very good football player."

Muldoon missed a lot of time during the off-season after he had surgery on both of his knees, one of them for a torn ACL he suffered in November of last season. His missed practice time hurt him in the weight room, where his best squat fell from over 500 pounds to 300 and, as with most players that suffer a torn ACL, faces a long way back to full strength. Still, Muldoon has made the best of his limited playing time: he has recorded seven tackles, two sacks, and has broken up a pass.

More Badger Bits after the jump! recapped the Badgers' 80-56 win over Chopin State last night. Jordan Taylor had 19 points as well as seven rebounds and six assists, and the Badgers buried the Eagles with a school record 17 three pointer.

Lance Leipold, head coach of the UW-Whitewater Warhawks and former UW football graduate assistant, spoke with Tom Oates of about how his experiences at UW have helped his coaching.

Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst wishes that wide receiver Issac Anderson received more credit for the "Dirty jobs" that he does on the field for the Badgers.

Tom Mulhern of takes a look ahead at the Badgers' next opponents, and recaps the TCU Horned Frogs' season game-by-game.

Can you imagine Jon Leuer being a skinny, six-foot-two high school player? I'm having a hard time with it, but apparently it's true.

ESPN, as they are prone to do nowadays, has simulated the Rose Bowl through NCAA Football '11. Let's just say that a certain school near and dear to all of our hearts emerged victorious.

Tom Oates of writes that the NCAA showed it's inconsistency yet again by allowing the five suspended Ohio State players to play in the Sugar Bowl despite being found guilty of receiving improper benefits.

Finally, and I know all of you were on the edge of your seats about this: I'm sorry, but you can't bring your Vuvuzela to the Rose Bowl.Good riddance. At least we don't have to hear this during the game:

8 days till the Rose Bowl! Have a good and safe holiday weekend everyone, and don't forget to keep it here at B5Q for the best Rose Bowl discussion and analysis.