The Outland Trophy 2010 winner is Gabe Carimi a Badger all the way. This is not an award to be taken lightly it is given out yearly to the best interior lineman in the nation on offense or defense, that is a lot of great players to choose from when you consider both sides of the ball. To have a second Badger recipient of the Outland Trophy and Wisconsin native to boot in the span of ten years is remarkable.
Gabe Carimi is a lineman who hales from the state of Wisconsin. In fact Gabe Carimi's hometown is Cottage Grove, WI and he went to Monona Grove High School which for those of you not from Madison is only four miles and change from Camp Randall Stadium. Gabe Carimi came to the Badgers as your typical three star lineman recruit and was considered the 30th best offensive tackle in the nation, not the five star best in the nation high school stud Joe Thomas was (Joe of course we are very proud of as well and is the other Badger to win the Outland Trophy). Gabe came to the Badgers and immediately went about building himself into an elite winner when he stepped foot on the UW campus. He red-shirted his first season but has started every game he has played in with the Badgers, 48 of them in total now. This is not the first recognition for Gabe of course as he has been named First Team All Big Ten now the last two seasons.
You know we couldn't be prouder of Gabe for the job he has done as a Badger, and we would like to point out this season hasn't been all roses for him. There was actually talk earlier this season that the line was over rated coming into the season and is not the best in the nation and that his draft stock was really slipping. All of that seems silly now because if you watched the tape over the last half of the 2010 season Gabe and his teammates turned into a wrecking machine but it shows how he responded to adversity. Gabe Carimi personifies being a Badger, a hard worker, a leader, a winner, and a student. We look forward to seeing him one more time in Badger red and well maybe he looks good in the green and gold as well (hey we can dream).
Please stay with us for hopefully at least one UW Badger football Rose Bowl 2011 report between now and the big game.
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