LOS ANGELES Wisconsin offensive lineman Travis Frederick knew that the pressure to perform this week would rest squarely on his shoulders. Er, make that stomach.
Competition tends to bring out the best in Frederick anyway, and the fact that anyone from the University of Oregon might threaten to take his title only fueled his desire to one-up his achievement from a year ago.
No, we're not talking Rose Bowl. We're talking Beef Bowl.
Frederick, the Badgers' bulky sophomore and steak-eater extraordinaire, entered the annual Lawry's Beef Bowl eating competition as the defending champion. He left the restaurant Thursday night with a full stomach and a smile, defending his title much to the delight or horror of teammates.
Frederick ate eight 13-ounce cuts of prime rib steak more than 5 12 pounds of meat to walk away (or waddle away) as the champion of the annual Lawry's Beef Bowl, held at Lawry's Restaurant in Beverly Hills between players on both Rose Bowl teams.
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