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Photos: Practice #3

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The Sunshine State brought rain Saturday as the Wisconsin football team practiced for the third time since arriving in Orlando. The Badgers' 14-period session at Freedom High School started off on a damp note before the rain gave way to some stray rays of sun.

- Photos: Capital One Bowl Practice #3

UW will take Sunday off from practice and head to DisneyQuest at Walt Disney World to join Capital One Bowl foe South Carolina for a special charity event involving area children. The team will then have several hours to explore the Disney grounds on their own before returning to the team hotel for a brief walk-through.

Quoting the Badgers: Caputo, Southward

FB_131228_Southward_Dez.jpgThe Badgers were back on the practice field at Freedom High School in Orlando on Saturday, drilling through some light rain as they continued to work toward Wednesday's Capital One Bowl matchup against South Carolina. Here's a sampling of what safeties Dez Southward and Michael Caputo had to say after practice:

Senior S Dezmen Southward
On Badgers' approach to bowl prep: "We've been preparing for a month. You don't need to come out here and practice for three hours. If you're not understanding and getting better at this point, it's probably not going to happen. We have the game plan. It's about getting us fresh -- getting our legs ready, getting our minds ready -- to go out and play a four-quarter game."

Sophomore S Michael Caputo
On ending season on high note: "We definitely know we can compete in this game and know we can do better than we did in our last performance."

On the loss to Penn State:
"It's one of those where you learn from it and you move on. I'm not dwelling on it. I'm not standing here harping on it. It's one of those things where you look at it and say, 'I know I can do this better, do this better, do this better.' You learn from it and move on."

On how Penn State loss affected team: "Nothing really changed. Our demeanor didn't change other than we're a little angrier and a little hungrier to get back out there. After the announcement came out that we were going to play South Carolina, we zoned in and got right into the playbook and watching film."

Quoting the Badgers: Hammock, White

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Members of Wisconsin's offense met the media following Friday's practice at Freedom High School in Orlando. Here's a sampling of what the Badgers had to say, from senior RB James White and assistant coach Thomas Hammock:

Running backs coach Thomas Hammock
On South Carolina's defense: "They're certainly as good as advertised, I'll tell you that. Their defensive line is really, really stout. Jadeveon Clowney is as good of a player as I've seen on tape (this year) and we have to be ready to step up to the challenge."

On being in Orlando: "The weather is nice. It may be raining right now but I don't mind being out here. It's been a good experience. It's a great bowl trip. Everything has been first class. We're just excited to get to the game. As a coach you get antsy and you're ready to play, put this work behind us and play against great competition."

On staying fresh with a month between games: "We've spaced practices out. We've had shorter practices. I think the kids are mentally sharp. We've got some good practice time for our developmental guys that we expect to contribute next year. But we try to get them in and get them out (of practice)."

Senior RB James White

On losing the last three bowl games: "It's tough. You definitely want to send the seniors out on a high note. I haven't won a bowl game so I'm anxious to get out there and get a win. It motivates me a lot, and I know it motivates those guys (other seniors) as well. With a new coaching staff, we definitely want to get Coach Andersen a bowl win in his first year. It's a lot of fun coming down here for a bowl game but at the same time it's a business trip."

On closing out his senior season: "You just have to stay focused. A lot of guys here have a lot of big things ahead of them and some dreams to capture but right now you have to focus in on this week. We have one week left, a couple days left and you have to stay locked in and prepare the right way."

Photos: Practice #2 and a visit to Best Buy

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The Badgers were back on the practice field Friday morning for their second on-site session at Freedom High School in Orlando. Afterward, the team traveled to a nearby Best Buy store to make use of the gift cards the players were given by the Capital One Bowl. Here's a look at practice and the Best Buy visit in photos:

- Photos: Capital One Bowl Practice #2 / Best Buy Visit

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Photos: Practice #1

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The Badgers officially began their on-site prep for the Capital One Bowl with the first practice at Freedom High School in Orlando on Thursday. Here's a photographic look at the crisp session held in some warm, 70-degree weather -- including Robert Wheelwright's highlight-reel catch (above).

- Photos: Capital One Bowl Practice #1

Storify: From Madison to Orlando

Hello, Orlando!

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The Badgers escaped the cold of Madison in favor of 70-degree temperatures in Orlando with a two-hour flight on Christmas day. Most of UW's upperclassmen  were treated to first-class amenities in the Boeing 747 the Badgers used for the trip, including senior defensive ends Tyler Dippel and Pat Muldoon (above).

Upon arrival in the Sunshine State, the team gathered for Christmas dinner at its hotel, an event that included a visit from Santa Claus himself. Although Santa stopped by to provide gifts for the children of UW's coaches and staff, that didn't stop at least a couple players from jumping up on the big guy's lap (like Corey Clement, below).

- Photos: Capital One Bowl - Travel Day

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The Camp: Orlando - Episode 1

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The inside look at the Wisconsin football program is back for another round as the Badgers prepare for the 2014 Capital One Bowl. Check out Episode 1 of "The Camp: Orlando" with exclusive inside access to practice.

Live Chat: Gary Andersen

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Join Wisconsin football head coach Gary Andersen for a live chat, starting at 11 a.m. (CT) on Wednesday, Dec. 18. Submit your questions directly into the chat below or on Twitter by tweeting at @BadgerFootball with the hashtag #AskAndersen.


 

Santa Claus has come to town

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There is no chimney at the McClain Center, but that didn't stop Santa Claus from paying a surprise visit to the Wisconsin football team after the Badgers' practice session Monday morning. Santa brought candy canes, hats and, perhaps most importantly, a little levity as the team continued through the early stages of Finals Week.

Check out the full gallery of photos from Santa's visit on the Wisconsin Football Facebook page.

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