By TOM LEA
MADISON – With the team huddled around him immediately after completely the sixth of 15 spring practices, Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema told his players to expect something inside their lockers when they reached the locker room in the depths of the McClain Facility.
Only three players (Dan Voltz, Vonte Jackson and Hugs Etienne) wouldn’t be part of the Big Ten championship ring celebration.
“I’m sure there will be thousands of pictures and stuff up on Facebook later,” UW junior defensive tackle Beau Allen said. “I know I’ll get it, take a picture of it and send it to my mom and dad. It’s pretty neat. It’s exciting because we’ve been waiting for them for a while.
“It’s kind of like a little reward.”
Pat Muldoon, a fellow defensive lineman, will add the third football-related ring to his collection.
“I’ve got a state championship ring from high school, too,” he said. “I’ve only worn the Big Ten championship ring once. That was the day we got it last year.
“I guess it’s more to look at.”
Allen, who has one ring to represent each season he’s been a part of the program, is in a similar boat. He doesn’t wear his jewelry too often.
“I think it’s more of a motivational thing than anything,” Allen said. “I’ve got big fingers and it looks big on my fingers. The one last year was especially heavy. I haven’t really seen this one, but I’m excited for it.”
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