Badgers football: Gary Andersen will coach outside linebackers

2014-06-24T09:15:00Z Badgers football: Gary Andersen will coach outside linebackersANDY BAGGOT | | 608-252-6175

How is University of Wisconsin football coach Gary Andersen going to be better at his job in 2014?

Here's one way he answered that question: For the first time in four seasons he's going to coach a specific position in addition to his duties as program overseer.

Andersen said he'll work with the outside linebackers, essentially becoming a fifth full-time defensive coach alongside Dave Aranda (coordinator), Bill Busch (safties), Chad Kauha'aha'a (line) and Ben Strickland (cornerbacks).

Prior to his inaugural season with the Badgers in 2013 and a four-year stint as head coach at Utah State, Andersen was a defensive coordinator at Utah, working primarily with the down linemen.

UW has to replace seven starters on defense, including both boundary linebackers. A year ago, that position was coached by a graduate assistant, Aaron Schwanz.

"I think I'm always a little bit better coach when I can be more involved with the kids in practice,'' Andersen said, explaining the move.

"I didn't do that last year. I needed to (focus on being head coach). This year I'm more in tune, even closer to the kids when I have some sort of role coaching.

"Now, I'm not doing all the game plans and all that stuff, but I have a position (to monitor). I get to be with them for 45 minutes to an hour in position meetings and again for individual drills. I think that's good.''

A year after finishing 9-4 overall, 6-2 in the Big Ten Conference, the Badgers open a new season Aug. 30 vs. Louisiana State in Houston, Texas.

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    PACKER - June 24, 2014 2:05 pm
    Who's Burt?
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    toadmanjack - June 24, 2014 11:14 am
    Are there any good examples of a Head Coach also coaching a position? There probably are, but I can think of one. I hope this works. Sadly, all I can think of was Burt coaching special teams and how bad it was for so long because he insisted he did a good job despite the terrible results.

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