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Badger Football: Academic All Big Ten List / Thoughts

The Badger football team had 22 players named to the Academic All Big Ten team for the 2010 season which is a really high number.  We don't know if it is unusual for a championship team to have so many quality student athletes but we do know is it fits the character of this team seeking success in everything they do. We have long contended that one of the key areas that sets Badger football apart from other teams is like Minnesota is that they make a clear effort to recruit smart student athletes. It seems like later in his Barry's tenure and then in to Brett's when given the choice of players with similar skill the Badgers likely pursue the best student, the reason for this is they probably have learned these are the players who will grow most with the Badgers and be good teammates. For those of you going well it is the kids from Wisconsin that don't play that get the good grades, wrong check out the list sure there are players like all everything Carimi from WI who is on the list while pursuing Civil Engineering but remember he sort of starts. Look close at the list and you will see key contributers from states like Texas, and Florida, we might not get the best players out of Florida but we might be getting the smartest. One of the disappointing things to see though was Clay didn't make it this year, this isn't a knock as we know he has had a lot going on with injuries which can be a big distraction but UW has a proud history of smart backs and by all accounts he is one as well.

Badger football 2010 Academic All Big Ten list:

LB Ethan Armstrong, So., Undeclared, Ottawa, Ill.
OT Gabe Carimi, Gr., Civil Engineering, Cottage Grove, Wis.
FB Bradie Ewing, Jr., Sociology, Richland Center, Wis.
CB Antonio Fenelus, Jr., Family, Consumer & Community Education, Boca Raton, Fla.
DT Ethan Hemer, So., Undeclared , Medford, Wis.
FS Aaron Henry, Sr., Consumer Affairs, Immokalee, Fla.
S Shelton Johnson, Jr., Zoology, Carrollton, Texas
DT Jordan Kohout, So., Sociology, Waupun, Wis.
C Peter Konz, Jr., Communication Arts, Neenah, Wis.
TE Rob Korslin, Sr., Civil Engineering, Brookfield, Wis.
CB Andrew Lukasko, Sr., Kinesiology, Edgar, Wis.
Zach Matthias, So., Undeclared, Hemlock, Mich.
DE Pat Muldoon, So., Undeclared, Mason, Ohio
P Brad Nortman, Jr., Accounting, Brookfield, Wis.
LB Conor O'Neill, So., Undeclared, Delray Beach, Fla.
CB Devin Smith, Jr., Consumer Affairs, Coppell, Texas
LB Blake Sorensen, Sr., Consumer Affairs, Eden Prairie, Minn.
LB Culmer St. Jean, Gr., Consumer Affairs, Naples, Fla.
QB Scott Tolzien, Gr., Consumer Affairs, Rolling Meadows, Ill.
DE J.J. Watt, Sr., Life Sciences Communications, Pewaukee, Wis.
P Ryan Wickesberg, Sr., Finance, Investment and Banking, Saukville, Wis.
OG Kevin Zeitler, Jr., Kinesiology, Waukesha, Wis.

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