MADISON - For one final time 14 seniors will play on the field turf of Camp Randall Stadium this Saturday when UW welcomes in Northwestern. Though it's been a career full of memories, UW has the potential to save the best for last.
With a win the Badgers will have at least clinched a share of the conference championship, the first of its kind since the 1999 season. This class also marks the first group of players that Bret Bielema signed as a head coach.
Before senior day kicks off, BadgerBlitz.com looks back at the career of each key player.
"It's hit me. It's a football field, I love it and it's a crazy atmosphere. Everybody comes through college and you leave it eventually. Just like all those guys that have come through here, it is what it is. I know I'm just like everybody else. I'll be cheering watching these boys next year."
Since bursting onto the scene as a true freshman, Jefferson has steadily seen his role decrease throughout his career. Through all of it, though, the senior wideout continued to play hard with hopes of making his teammates better.
There's no doubt Anderson has had his fair share of ups and downs throughout his career. Whether he was catching a season-opening 80-yard touchdown pass as a junior or struggling at Northwestern, Anderson's speed and athleticism --not to mention leadership-- will be missed in the future.
For most of his career Sorensen served as the ultimate fill in. He was versatile at the linebacker position and proved he was more than capable of being a spot starter without much of a letdown on the field. Finally as a senior Sorensen had an opportunity to see the field as a starter. And he's compiled a fine senior campaign as the second leading tackler on the Badger defense.
Culmer St. Jean
St. Jean, like Sorensen has proven to be versatile throughout his career. He's played the outside and the inside at a high level. As a senior, St. Jean is the team's leading tackler as well as one of six appointed captains from a Big Ten title contending team.
"It's gone by fast. You only have time to step back, and I think I probably will when my playing career is over, but it's been a privilege. The biggest thing is to take it out there and be with those 10 other guys. That's what makes it special playing on Saturday's."
Brinkley has continually improved throughout his career. So much so that defensive coordinator Dave Doeren said the senior is in the midst of his best season. As one of the most consistent corners on the roster, Brinkley leads the squad with eight pass breakups.
Carimi's play speaks for itself. He's reliable (started 45 games), determined and unquestioned as a leader. There's a reason the Badgers focus on rushing toward the left side of the line. There's also a reason that Tolzien has had the type of success he has. He's got guys like Carimi, an Outland Trophy finalist, blocking for him.
Nagy is the epitome of a team player. There is probably no other player on the current roster that has had to endure as many struggles as Nagy, but you'd never guess he went through anything. He never uses his scooter accident as an excuse, instead he constantly talks about helping his team in any way possible. His versatility up front (Nagy has played guard, tight end and center) will be sorely missed next year.
"It will be great to have my parents out there and everything. Just to go out there and play hard with those guys one more time here, and I think knowing we have a chance to go to a pretty decent bowl also just makes you play that much more and get the job done.
"It hasn't really hit me yet, but I've thought about it. It will probably hit me when I walk out there. Like you said, I don't have a way to prepare for it so I don't really know how it's going to be. I've seen it the past three years so we'll see how it goes. I'll probably be one of those emotional guys because I love the game and I'm real passionate about the game. Just knowing this could be my last game brings some emotions up.
Korlsin, who spent the year on scholarship, is another classic example of a team player. As a walk-on for most of his career, Korslin did everything the coaching staff asked of him. He's a capable blocker and solid on special teams. He, like the rest of the seniors, will be missed, especially from a work ethic point of view.