With redshirt freshman center Peter Konz out of the lineup after coming down with lung inflammation, Frederick, a freshman from Walworth Big Foot, got his third career start, and first at left guard, against Hawaii.
"Always when you are with the twos, you have to be ready for that next man in," Frederick said. "I knew that first hand from when I got hurt and Peter got in. I think that really helped all week, because we don't get a lot of reps."
After starting the first game of the season, becoming the first true freshman lineman ever to start in the season opener for the Badgers, Frederick hadn't played since injuring his ankle in the first quarter against Fresno State in week 2, as the emergence of Konz and the stability of the offensive line has made Wisconsin coaches leery of making a switch.
With Konz' injury and the Badgers restricted to the amount of players that could travel to Oahu, junior left guard John Moffitt moved from left guard, where he has started the last eight games, to center, where he started all 13 games last season while Frederick played guard, a position he had been taking repetitions at since returning from an ankle injury.
The results speak for itself, as UW ran for 301 yards and seven touchdowns while Frederick was called for only one holding penalty.
"It means a lot to us when we do that," Frederick said. "The first thing we look at is rushing yards and touchdowns, but I have to get a lot of credit to Coach Chryst for calling the right plays and the running backs for making a lot from those holds." Watt and Schofield top nation's TFL list
When the recognition was broken to them, the reaction of defensive ends O'Brien Schofield and J.J. Watt were as expected.
After all, the duo had been talking about becoming the nation's leader in tackle for losses for teammates all throughout the bye week.
"We got it?" Watt questioned. "That's awesome. We had been talking about that the guys from Purdue had it and we wanted it."
Entering the final game of the regular season trailing Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan and Jason Werner by two for most tackles for loss by a pair of teammates, Watt three tackles for loss and Schofield's two gave the pair 36.0 tackles for loss for the season, the most in the nation, and an impressive accomplishment after the Badgers did not have a player with double-digit TFLs last year.
"One of our goals this year was to re-establish Wisconsin football," said Schofield. "I think we brought the physicality back to this university, this program and how we play. The big thing is finishing strong."
The last time two UW players combined for more than 31.0 TFLs was 2003 - Anttaj Hawthorne (20.0 TFLs) and Alex Lewis (16.5 TFLs) – and gave UW its first dominant pass rushers since Erasmus James in the 2004 season. That was the year James was named the Big Ten Conference's Defensive Player of the Year.
The impact Schofield, a consensus first-team All-Big Ten Selection, and Watt, an honorable mention selection by the media, made Saturday in UW's 51-10 win over Hawaii can be viewed in his final numbers. Schofield's two quarterback sacks gave him 10 on the season and 22.5 tackles for loss on the year, ranking fifth on UW's single-season TFL list and tied for sixth on the single-season sack list.
Watt continued his impressive first season by finishing the year with 12.5 tackles for loss, and helped Wisconsin limit a ninth-straight opponent to less than 100 yards rushing, the longest streak in school history.
"Hard work pays off, especially for J.J. being a returning game and needing to step up and be a leader," Schofield said. "Just to have guys step up and play as hard means a lot to me, especially being a senior. The biggest thing is that we wanted to have fun out there and focus on our pass rush. It paid off for us today."
Special Day for the Borlands
The excursion to Hawaii was already going to be a special trip for Wisconsin freshman linebacker and Big Ten Rookie of the year Chris Borland. Being able to see his brother, John (a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army who is stationed on Oahu) for the first time since 2008, Borland gave him a game to remember.
In addition to his usual defensive play-making abilities (a 16-yard sack), Borland was summoned to attempt his first collegiate extra point after sophomore kicker Philip Welch missed a 41-yard field goal and extra point in the first quarter.
"Anytime we have one of our field goal kickers miss an extra point, we can't have that," UW coach Bret Bielema said. "I wanted to send a message to Phil."
Although he didn't get much hang time, Borland didn't disappoint, capping Clay's third touchdown run with an extra point that split the uprights. In all, Borland went 3-of-3 in his PAT attempts.
"I was excited when I first decided to play at Wisconsin because I knew there was a chance I could play in front of my brother when he got back from Iraq," Borland said. "I am really glad I got chance because it'll give him something he'll remember. It couldn't have been better."
It hasn't been the year fifth-year senior quarterback Dustin Sherer would have liked, but at least he left the field making a play he's known for – tough, gritty and no-nonsense.
Entering the game on UW's final series, Sherer ran a naked bootleg in fourth down, hoping to simply run out the clock. What he got instead was what junior quarterback Scott Tolzien called his best memory of the year, as Sherer dove for the goal line, was flipped 360 degrees by a Hawaii defender and still managed to hang on to the ball for the score.
"I've been asked to play before but felt Curt (Phillips) would get better use of the reps," Sherer said. "It was a good play call and something that works a lot. I knew going in it would probably be the last time I would play football. Making a play like that to end my career is pretty fun."
Extra Points: UW's offense scored at least 30 points for the fifth straight game and ninth time this season … UW junior David Gilreath accounted for 169 all-purpose yards … The weather conditions at kickoff were partly cloudy skies and 77 degrees.