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Rose Bowl Report - Saturday

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Baldwin-Woodville grad Jake Keefer has made the transition from LB to DL this season Baldwin-Woodville grad Jake Keefer has made the transition from LB to DL this season
Barry Alvarez: "This has been easy. Just give me a whistle." Barry Alvarez: "This has been easy. Just give me a whistle."
Players arrive for Rose Bowl Media Day Players arrive for Rose Bowl Media Day

Los Angeles, CA (WQOW) -- There have been plenty of changes this past month for the Wisconsin football program. But this has already been a season of change for Baldwin-Woodville's Jake Keefer.

The redshirt freshman made the move from linebacker to defensive line. Keefer increased his weight from 228 pounds to 250 pounds, helping him see action in four games, including the Big Ten Championship.

"I was really excited about it and thought it would be a good move," says Keefer. "I'm just working every day to perfect my craft because I've never really played defensive line in high school, so it's a new thing. It's new terminology, new coaching, so it's definitely a transition but I've had a lot of help from my teammates and I'm pretty close. I'm getting there so I just need to keep working hard and see the light at the end of the tunnel."

Keefer faces another transition this upcoming season. He'll have to adjust to new coach Gary Andersen and his coaching staff.

"I'm really looking forward to getting to know him and the staff that he is bringing in. I think that he is a really good fit for Wisconsin and I'm really looking forward to working with him in the future. I think there are really good things to come in the future for Wisconsin, so it's really an exciting time," adds Keefer.

At the moment, Keefer is focused on winning the Rose Bowl and playing under Barry Alvarez.
 
"The guy is very well respected in the coaching industry, as he should be," says Keefer. "I'm just really grateful to get the opportunity to play for him and hopefully we'll get another final win for him because he definitely deserves it."

As for Alvarez, the transition back to the sideline has been made easier by the players he's set to coach in Tuesday's game.

"This is a group of kids, 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. This has been easy. Just give me a whistle. Just give me a whistle, that's all," says Alvarez.

WQOW-News 18 will have Rose Bowl reports leading up to the big game. Wisconsin and Stanford face off January 1st.

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