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Patience pays off for Badgers' Burge

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LOS ANGELES (WXOW) - Holmen's Robert Burge is proof that patience pays off. Burge is a red-shirt senior offensive lineman for Wisconsin.

He made his first career start at Nebraska back in September, one of three starts he made this season including the Big Ten Championship.

Burge said, "It's definitely tough to prepare each week. You don't know exactly what position you would play if somebody goes down. But you've just got to be ready for anything that can come your way."

Like almost all of the Wisconsin natives playing  for the Badgers, Burge is thrilled to have Barry Alvarez as head coach.

"Getting coached by Coach Alvarez is awesome," Burge said. "I never imagined it would happen. One of the things you hear about as a little kid is how good Coach Alvarez was on the sidelines and it's nice to experience that. The practice structure is changed a little bit. We go a lot shorter time frame, but we work a lot harder."

Alvarez added, "This is a group of kids that when you talk to them, they sit there. They look you in the eye. They try to do what you want them to do. Knock on wood, we haven't had any issues with these guys off the field. They do what they're supposed to do. They know how to work. I expected that. I saw that, but it's been reinforced to me."

The Badgers will continue to try and reinforce that on January 1st in the Rose Bowl against Stanford.

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