MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen recalls his first game as a starting center at Ricks College with both fondness and a tinge of regret.
"I couldn't talk for the first quarter at center, and that's not a good thing when you're like that," Andersen said. "I remember my first game playing a Division I football game, it was much of the same."
Andersen hopes cornerback Sojourn Shelton, the only true freshman listed as a starter on the Badgers' roster, fares better in Wisconsin's season opener against UMass on Saturday. And he has plenty of confidence Shelton is ready despite the jitters that will come with making his first start.
"You always worry about putting a true freshman out there," Andersen said following Thursday's practice. "But I've done that a lot in my career, and he's earned the spot to have an opportunity to go play and we'll see. Just because you're a freshman, it's really game exp...