Inside the Huddle: Sagapolu ready to hit high notes against BYU

posted by Mike Lucas - UWBadgers.com - 

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bsn lucasIt's all about that base (defense) or that bass (note) for Wisconsin's ukulele-playing nose tackle Olive Sagapolu, who uses music to relieve stress building up, football-related or otherwise.

"The ukulele is more of a calming thing," said Sagapolu, a 346-pound junior from American Samoa. "I'll sit down on my porch in front of my house and play 30 to 45 minutes. It's just relaxing … tension relief.

"You can't be so focused on football or you'll probably go crazy. I try to balance it out a little bit. I like playing to just kind of clear my head in a way."

The island music coming from the porch has been known to attract strangers. Once they get over the shock of seeing such a huge person strumming the strings so delicately, they warm to him.

"A couple of people have come up to me and said, 'Wow, you're really good,'" said Sagapolu, who began playing the ukulele when he was about 6 years old.

"I keep thinking I can sing, too. But I'm really not a good singer."

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