Seniors Final Hurrah

It will be Scott Tolzien's final game at Camp Randall this Saturday. As a starter, he has led the Badgers to a 20-4 record.

MADISON — Lost in the shuffle of a potential Rose Bowl berth and Big Ten Championship Saturday, is the small fact that Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema's first ever recruiting class will be playing their last game ever at Camp Randall.

Through Bielema's improvement and the maturity off the senior class, the Badgers have built themselves into one of the top ten teams in the country. They have fixed the attitudinal mistakes that plagued 2008 and have set the mark of the program back on hard work and blue collar play.

It feels like their should be something a little more special Saturday against Northwestern to commemorate the job of this year's class, which could do down as the top season in Wisconsin history by years end.

Just don't expect any of them to share that feeling before the clock strikes zero Saturday.

"You guys want a big emotional piece, you are not getting it. I am not going to cry or something," captain John Moffitt joked with reporters Tuesday. "We still have a game to play, we still have work to do.

"It will be emotional during the game, but you don't want it to turn into a tragedy."

If Moffitt wasn't willing to get emotional about himself, he had no problem breaking that barrier about his close friend and roommate Scott Tolzien.

When asked about the value of the senior's Moffitt went to one stat to make his care — 20-4, the record UW has been the past two seasons under Tolzien. He has been taking snaps ever since the turnaround from 2008 started, and Moffitt believes he is the most valuable senior of the bunch.

"That is all his record," Moffitt said of Tolzien. "Me and Gabe were talking about it. There are a lot of interchangeable parts on this team, along the line, the running backs, the receivers. I don't think Scott Tolzien is one of them.

"His poise, nothing rattles him. … he never lets things get to him and that is what we need. He shows that in the huddle and its great for the rest of us."

Still, once the Badgers stomp on their final opponent Saturday (as they should), expect the strong reserve to weaken a little. Gabe Carimi, Moffitt, Tolzien and all of the other seniors have experienced some lows and led the program back to its highest point yet.

They will enjoy it.

"Honestly I don't think it will hit me until I am at the game," Carimi said. "But then it might hit me, you know?"

It happens every season with seniors moving on, but this special group has the awareness to realize what they have created — even if they won't take credit for it.

Clap hard on Saturday; they will appreciate every ovation.

"I am getting more sad about just leaving college. I was thinking about that the other day. This is the life," Moffitt said.

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