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Sunday, November 18, 2012
Pierschbacher, Miller building relationship

By Jared Shanker

For college football prospects, there might not be a position where the future position coach means as much as it does for offensive linemen. So while it was Cedar Falls (Iowa) offensive tackle Ross Pierschbacher’s third visit to Wisconsin, it was his first time meeting new line coach Bart Miller.

“It’s trying to build a relationship,” said Pierschbacher, who visited Wisconsin for the spring game and during the summer previously. “He’s a young guy but seems like he’s doing a good job with how they’re rushing yards is going up.”

Miller was named the Badgers' interim offensive line coach a few weeks into the season after former line coach Mike Markuson was fired after a poor start. Miller was a quality control coach in his first season with Wisconsin in 2011.

As soon as Pierschbacher got on campus in Madison on Saturday, the first coach he talked with was Bret Bielema, though.

“He was glad I’m here and wants me to come up for a bowl practice and just the basic stuff,” the 6-foot-4, 269-pound Pierschbacher said.

The visit being Pierschbacher’s first game day trip to Wisconsin, he was impressed with the atmosphere and the passion of the fan base. He said it was made better by the fact it was a late afternoon kickoff and was dark before half.

During the game, Pierschbacher kept his eye on the offensive line and his future position.

“I watched the O-line, what they were doing. They said I could probably play a guard position [at Wisconsin] so I was watching and seeing what they do and  picturing myself,” he said.

Pierschbacher, who was invited to The Opening as a junior, will visit Alabama next weekend for the Iron Bowl against Auburn.