Bryan Bulaga: Definitely. We were looking at Northwestern last week too, they come at you. I think every team in the Big Ten will come at you. They will want to hit you in the mouth. As an offensive line, you like that.
Q: Is that a macho thing?
Bulaga: Macho thing? I don't think so, but it's pride.
Q: How far along do you think you are from last year?
Bulaga: I think I am farther along. Considering I was at a different position last year, I think I have progressed each game. I have done well and bad. It is learning from every game and getting that experience under belt.
Q: Blocking for a good running back has to be fun.
Bulaga: Blocking for Shonn is great. He runs hard, he hits the holes hard. You get a sense of pride when he is rushing for over 100 yards a game. He is doing a great job and it shows we are doing something right. There is a sense of pride.
Q: What about protecting the QB?
Bulaga: I felt we have done a fairly good job with that. We have had some breakdowns, everyone can see that. But I think we are progressing from last year at this point. We are making some strides, but we can get better.
Q: Saturday, there is going to be a lot of beef on that field.
Bulaga: Yeah, they have some big guys on that team. They are a Big Ten team, they have big offensive linemen and defensive linemen.
Q: Have you seen Ringer?
Bulaga: I have seen him on Sportscenter. He is a great back and he runs hard, too. He finishes plays.
Q: Is he the same or different than Shonn?
Bulaga: I can't say I could compare their two styles. I don't know if they are different or alike. I know they are both good backs. They have been helping their teams this year.
Q: Is tackle a more natural position for you?
Bulaga: I like it more. I feel like it's more natural for me to play. I like the open space.
Q: Do you like pulling?
Bulaga: I haven't pulled much this year. If I had to I could. I don't mind pulling around out there.
Q: Have things changed with Rick being in there? He is right handed and now you protect his blind side.
Bulaga: I don't think much has changed, no matter who is back there. If I get beat, the quarterback will still get sacked. It just happens to be his blind side. You have to protect the quarterback no matter what.