MADISON, Wis. Travis Frederick grew up as an offensive lineman in Wisconsin, which is to say he knew he wanted to be a Badgers player from a young age. Young enough to have seen Barry Alvarez coach from afar.
When Frederick, a New Sharon, Wis., native, committed to play for Wisconsin, he never thought that commitment would include the opportunity to play for Alvarez, too.
Yet here the two are, preparing together for Wisconsin's Rose Bowl game against Stanford on Jan. 1 -- Frederick as the team's starting center and Alvarez as the interim coach, seven years after he coached his last game.
"To get a chance to play for a guy like that who is a legend, has a statue out front, you hear stories about him and you hear stories about what he was like as a coach and how tremendous of a coach he was," Frederick said. "So far, everything that I've seen from him is like I've heard."
Frederick isn't alone when it comes to voicing his approval for Alvar...