MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin football team returned to the practice field Saturday for the first time since the Big Ten Championship game with Barry Alvarez leading the charge. Alvarez announced on Thursday he would coach the team for one game, the Rose Bowl, after coach Bret Bielema left for Arkansas.
Saturday's practice was open to the media. Dozens of Badger recruits and former Badger players showed up at the McClain Center to watch. Many of the assistants were pleased with the energy the players displayed, and were happy to have Coach Alvarez leading the way.
"It was an awesome day," said tight ends coach Eddie Faulkner, who played under Barry from 1996-00. "Obviously the energy from Coach Alvarez deciding he wants to come back is huge and had everyone excited including the coaches and players alike. He definitely brings a feeling of confidence, a feeling that we have a chance to win."
"If you look at our players and what they've gone through all year they're resilient," said offensive coordinator Matt Canada. They bounce back each and every week and it was a pretty good - had a lot of life, had a lot of fun, good day."