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Badgers face tough challenge in Capital One Bowl


When Gary Andersen was at Utah State, he had a very good dual-threat quarterback in Chuckie Keaton. Andersen will look to recruit similar athletic quarterback to Wisconsin. Tomorrow, he will face a very good one in South Carolina's Connor Shaw.

"What comes to my mind, coach's kid, which he is, he's competitive. He can hurt you with his arm, his legs and his mind," Andersen said. 

The Badgers head coach noted that Shaw handles himself well in big moments, like bowl games.

"And I would say this: When you mix Coach Spurrier and Shaw together in that offense, it's a pretty vicious weapon," Andersen added.

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier hopes that Shaw's running ability will be a factor in the game.

"He is a very good runner. He's a very good passer, also. We try to tell him to throw first a lot and then take off running. And, lately, he's done very well at that," Spurrier said.

South Carolina may have the top individual talent on the field in defensive end Jadeveon clowney. But Spurrier says he's impressed with how well Wisconsin plays team defense.

"They make you earn just about everything you get. They really are a tough physical team, well coached and they play real hard. You know, there's no one or two guys taking a play off. That's why they win so much," Spurrier said. "They win because they do all the little things right."

Often in bowl games, motivation seems to be lacking for a few teams. Based on what both teams have said in the past few days, that won't be an issue on Wednesday.

"Motivation for me and for the team hopefully was to embrace the moment that you're in. Every kid on the football team a life is going to change, some drastically. Some never play this game again. But none of us will be together again," Andersen said. 

"And if you can't get motivated to play for three hours and some change, I don't believe you're a true competitor."

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