November 5, 2008

Sherer heads home to take on Indiana

MADISON, Wis. - Quarterback Dustin Sherer knew a game at Indiana was on the schedule this season. What he did not know was that he was going to be Wisconsin's starting quarterback when the Badgers head to the Hoosier state this Saturday.

"I'm just excited," Sherer, who will start his fourth game this weekend, said. "I'm excited to come out and just get a win. I think we got to take it that way and go win three games and get to a bowl game and just finish the season right."

Growing up in Cicero, Ind., Sherer lived only about one and a half hours north of Bloomington, the site of this weekend UW-IU match-up. During his high school career at Arcadia Hamilton Heights, he threw for 6,371 yards and 61 touchdowns while leading his team to victory 33-of-40 times.

He was rated one of the top 15 quarterback prospects in the country by and finished as one of the state's "Mr. Football" finalists. Needless to say, he is returning to familiar ground.

"You know, I just got to focus on Indiana and the game and that's what we're going to do," Sherer said. "It won't be any different for me, (I) just got to prepare and go win."

Since Sherer took the reigns as quarterback, the Badgers have seen all sides of the spectrum. Against Iowa, UW was blown out. On homecoming at Camp Randall, Wisconsin played well and upset Illinois. Finally, against Michigan State, the Badgers lost a game they should probably have won. Needless to say, Sherer's mindset is nothing but appropriate.

"I don't think you can do enough," he said. "That needs to be the mentality of this team and part of being a leader is doing more than what you're supposed to or have to.

"Yeah I put pressure on myself, I did it in fall camp, that's why I didn't play well, but I just got to go out and be me and play."

Once the team decided to replace Allan Evridge as the starter, the UW coaches knew Sherer would take over for the rest of the season. And over the past three games, head coach Bret Bielema is encouraged with what he has seen.

"The thing I love about Dustin is there's no hesitation by him in admitting, you know, that he missed something or a wrong read," Bielema said. "He knows he wants to be coached up and he wants to move forward, and I think that's a great indication of what you'll hopefully see in the future."

That future starts this weekend when he takes the field at Memorial Stadium. The fourth-year junior will have an opportunity to get his team's record back to even and in position to make a bowl. He will also see a familiar face across the sidelines.

"My brother's a freshman there, plays football, plays linebacker so there will be a lot of family there." Sherer said. "I try to see what kind of defense their (Indiana) going to run out of him.

"No, I mean, I haven't talked to him in the last week, so I got to get on him and get some stuff out of him. See what trick plays they're going to put in."

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