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UW Badger Rose Bowl 2011 QB Scott Tolzien Unitas Award Winner

When the UW Badgers play in the Rose Bowl January 1, 2011 Scott Tolzien will be the QB, and he will be the most decorated Badger QB to ever play in a Rose Bowl. Scott Tolzien has now been named the Unitas Award Winner given to the best senior QB in the country, this is big stuff folks QBs often stay in college until their senior seasons even if they are really good (sure this years award finalists were Andy Dalton of TCU, Colin Kaepernick of Nevada, Christian Ponder of FSU, and Ricky Stanzi of Iowa instead of Mr. Tebow but still nice company). Nobody would have seen this coming two years ago when Tolzien came out of nowhere to beat out Curt Phillips in a dogfight for the starting QB spot. We knew a little about Tolzien before he won the starting job but frankly we were on the Phillips wagon thinking a running QB could help a team with so so receivers more than what we thought would be an average to maybe a little above average QB in Tolzien. All Scott did was mesh with his receivers this year to form the most lethal passing attack in Badger history, that gives TCU a nightmare scenario in the Rose Bowl.

Tolzien finished the regular season number 1 in the nation in completion percentage at 74.3%, he is also fourth in passing efficiency rating at 169.8.  He should also break the completion percentage record for the Big Ten which is currently 67.8% held by fellow Badger Darrell Bevell. Scott has passed for 2,300 yards, and 16 touchdowns this season with only 6 interceptions. We are sure Scott would tell you his success is also do in large part to his outstanding line, receivers that came into this year ready to improve, and a tailback trio that is best in the nation.

Scott Tolzien is often considered a quite leader, and is said to have stepped foot on the Wisconsin campus with a business like persona as a freshman. Those we would thing Bielema might seek those qualities out like radar in future QB recruits given the success Tolzien has had for a lightly regarded QB coming out of high school. Like we have said before part of the Badger way is recruiting smart and determined players, a winning combination.  We would excpect Scott to keep his same focus that got him to this point to help UW to a big win over TCU and to begin his NFL career which he has now earned a shot at.


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