Lance Kendricks has been named an All-American by the American Football Coaches Association joining fellow Badger offensive teammate Gabe Carimi on the first team. Lance came into this year with a lot of fanfare and more than lived up to the hype showing he is clearly the most complete tight end in the country. The way that Lance Kendricks has progressed in his five years in Madison from a raw wide receiver to a skilled tight end who not only catches the ball with ease but also throws maybe the hardest blocks from a tight end in the country is simply astounding. Lance Kendricks is such a huge part of the Badgers record setting offense it can be hard to comprehend, he stretches the field, he makes key catches, he throws the big blocks for the running backs down the field, runs reverses as called upon, he is the Badgers Mr. can do man.
Lance Kendricks came to the Badgers from Milwaukee Rufas King where he was a highly regarded recruit for his athleticism, but there were clear questions on whether he could take his natural gifts and turn it into success. Kendricks spent much of his career making his transition from wide receiver to tight end and was stuck on the depth chart by the long line of past great Badger tight ends but emerged last year as a clear offensive weapon and only improved this year. In addition Lance is such an easy guy to root for as you can just see the pride he puts out in everything he does on the field, but he isn't cocky and a great guy from all accounts. Kendricks got a little banged up on his touchdown catch vs Northwestern so hopefully he is at full speed by the Rose Bowl game.
Lance Kendricks and Gabe Carimi were both named first team All-Americans which means that two recruits from the state of Wisconsin turned themselves into really good players in their senior year. We know a lot of Badger fans aren't necessarily from the State of Wisconsin but for those of us who are we feel especially proud of these two. Both came into the program as non 5 star studs and left as All-Americans and they are great guys to boot, and we will be watching both one more time with the Badgers and likely countless times in the pros.
The following is a video with some Lance Kendricks highlights from the bowl game last year, sorry it is last year but it a great demonstration of all he can do in a game. Warning you also might want to mute the video as some of it is not pc on the music end.
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