MADISON, Wis. - The Badgers didn't have practice Sunday but they were still at Camp Randall for the annual Family Fun Day.
Thousands of fans of all ages were on hand to get autographs, take pictures, and take advantage of a rare chance to see the field up close.
With a huge turnout of support, the team was reminded of why they work so hard.
"It's kind of an anticipation thing, its always a big day on our guys' calendar and it's also a good day on Sunday, and they know they don't have practice today," said head coach Bret Bielema.
"I'd say couple thousand fans, and I think it's always intended for the children, but I think the adults have a lot of fun as well. And I know a lot of mom and dads come out here as well and several young kids really enjoy the day, and it's a chance for them to interact with kids in an unusual way. I do really enjoy seeing our players interact and one thing as a head coach I really take from this day is to watch our kids interact and do such a good job," added the veteran head coach.16191508
"Well my first year I had to stand and I was one of the minglers and I have graduated to a table. And I get to sit down and I don't sweat as much, which works better for me," said junior offensive lineman Travis Frederick. "I think it's a great set up, and I love when they open up the gates. All the people just sprint in and try and get in Montee's line. But that is a lot of fun to watch."
After the day was over, Bielema tweeted that Danny O'Brien will be the Badgers' starting quarterback in the September 1 opener against Northern Iowa.
O'Brien, a transfer from Maryland, came into camp as the favorite to win the job, and beat out redshirt senior Curt Phillips and redshirt freshman Joel Stave.
Bielema posted, "Both Curt and Joel had great camps as well, we are very fortunate that we have 3 QB's that can play winning football for us."
O'Brien, a starter for most of the past two seasons at Maryland, is eligible to play right away because he already has graduated -- the same rule Russell Wilson took advantage of at Wisconsin last season.