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Andersen getting into the action while coaching linebackers

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Gary Andersen has admitted life is much more comfortable in year two as the Badgers head coach, which has allowed him to take on more challenges. In year one, his focus was on just being head coach, but this year Andersen is helping to coach the linebackers.

"It's been a long time since I've been able to do that, be in a position group and be involved with those kids on the field with those individual drills. It's fun to get back into the coaching side," Andersen said.

Andersen's not just providing verbal direction to the linebackers, but he's been getting physical. During some sessions Andersen has been seen gripping players underneath their shoulder pads in a drill that helps teach the technique of fighting off blocks. Andersen has also served as a make-shift blocker, as linebackers have to rip away from his block attempt.

"He doesn't just come to the team meetings, he's on the field with us," sophomore linebacker Vince Biegel said. 

"He's in the meeting rooms with us, he's on the field with us getting us better. It's great to have a head coach lik that where we can go to and a guy we can learn from as well." 

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