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Badgers practice on grass, take part in Lawry's Beef Bowl

IMG_7134_WEB.jpgThe Wisconsin football team took part in its third practice here in Los Angeles on Tuesday afternoon, but it was the first on natural grass. Due to rain in the area prior to the team's arrival, the Badgers had to spend Sunday and Monday on field turf.

Wisconsin practiced for about 16 periods on Tuesday in front of several notables. Brent Musberger and Kirk Herbstreit, the announcers for Saturday's Rose Bowl, were both in attendance, as were former USC head coach John Robinson, former Miami head coach Randy Shannon and current Fresno State coach Pat Hill.

Former Badgers Paul Standring, Taylor Mehlhaff, Darrin Charles and Jonathan Clinkscale also took in the practice session.

IMG_7236_WEB.jpgAfter practice, the team boarded the buses and headed to the Lawry's Beef Bowl. It was the 55th edition of the event where the players, coaches and staff members of the Rose Bowl teams dine on prime rib, mashed potatoes, creamed corn, salad and apple pie. TCU took in the event on Monday night, while the Badgers' turn came on Tuesday.

The players were greeted with a red carpet entrance and ESPN's Todd McShay served at the night's emcee. The event used to involve an actual eating competition between the two teams to see who could eat the most meat, but no actual records have been taken for some time. That said, McShay did say that he heard the Badgers did out-eat the Horned Frogs.

Scott Tolzien got the event started by taking part in the ceremonial "first cut," handing off the initial plate to his center, Peter Konz.

The buzz throughout the dining area was that sophomore center Travis Frederick did put down the most prime rib, eating seven pieces of meat. Fellow offensive linemen Gabe Carimi and John Moffitt also put away a considerable amount. The evening was wrapped up with a little trivia contest as Moffitt answered some questions about the Badgers' Rose Bowl history. Moffitt held his own, though he did get some help from those sitting nearby.