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COPY-UW players react to Andersen hire

Madison (WQOW) -- It's been a whirlwind couple of weeks for the Wisconsin football team, but with the dust settled, the Badgers prepare for the Rose Bowl with its future looking bright.

Gary Andersen was introduced as Wisconsin's head coach on Friday. Known as a coach well-liked by his players, Andersen says he'll begin recruiting talent for his new team right away.

"I went to Utah State four years ago, there was 18 young men from the state of Utah on that team. There are now 55," says Andersen. "There are 50 plus young men from the state of Wisconsin that are on the roster at this point. We will secure our own state. We'll wrap our arms around the coaches. We'll wrap our arms around every player, because there are terrific coaches, there are terrific players in the state of Wisconsin."

While Andersen discusses future players, what do the current Badgers think of the hire?

 "Everyone knows that he is a players coach. We all heard how he called all of his players at Utah State when he found out he was leaving. I think that shows a lot about his character and I'm excited," says junior defensive tackle Beau Allen.

Junior running back James White agrees, saying: "I don't know too much about him, but obviously we played against them and they gave us a run for our money at Utah State. So he's a good coach, he had a good staff, I'm sure some of those guys will be here too. So we're going to be coached by some good coaches."

Andersen says he'll be doing a lot of observing through the Rose Bowl, starting his evaluation of players. Barry Alvarez will coach the Badgers in the Rose Bowl.

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