Hefty Offensive Line Key to No. 9 Badgers' Success

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin center Marcus Coleman is flattered to be compared to heavy machinery.

Washington State coach Bill Doba called Wisconsin's offensive linemen "road graders" after they flattened his defense earlier in the season.

Coleman says Wisconsin has a tradition of having good offensive lines, and the current line is working to keep up the tradition.

In fact, he says being called "road graders" is probably as big a compliment as they could get.

The line also includes Gabe Carimi, Kraig Urbik, Andy Kemp and Eric Vanden Heuvel.

The group faces its biggest challenge of the season so far when the Badgers play Iowa in a Big Ten opener in Madison tomorrow night.

Iowa's defense hasn't allowed a touchdown in three games.

It features a massive defensive front of ends Kenny Iwebema and Bryan Mattison and tackles Mitch King and Matt Kroul.

Those four have seven of Iowa's nine sacks.

So the stage is set for a clash of the giants at Camp Randall Stadium.

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