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Bostad honored as Offensive Line Coach of the Year

Offensive Line Coach of the Year

Wisconsin offensive line coach Bob Bostad has been recognized by FootballScoop.com as its 2010 FootballScoop Offensive Line Coach of the Year, the site announced on Thursday.

Head coach Bret Bielema praised Bostad for his work with the running game this season.

"What we do on the offensive line doesn't just happen by chance," he told the site. "Coach Bostad recruits offensive linemen that love playing football the way that we do. Our offensive line is one of the hardest working groups on our team.

"At Wisconsin, we put our offensive line in leadership roles and we lean on the offensive line as the foundation of our football family. This is a tremendous honor for Coach Bostad and very well deserved."

Averaging 247.3 rushing yards per game, Wisconsin holds the No. 12 rushing attack in the country. No other team in the country can match the three 800-yard rushers that the Badgers have. In the last three weeks of the regular season, Wisconsin rushed for 1,024 yards and scored 17 rushing touchdowns.

With 64 more rushing yards from John Clay and 136 more from Montee Ball, Wisconsin would become the first team in FBS history to boast three 1,000-yard running backs in the same season. Freshman James White already has rushed for 1,029 yards on the year.

With the Rose Bowl still to be played, the Wisconsin offense has already broken school records for rushing touchdowns in a season (46) and points in a season (520). In addition, the team is on pace to break the mark for average yards per carry, total offense and points per game.

Bostad also oversaw the development of a pair of All-Americans this season. Gabe Carimi, the 2010 Outland Trophy winner, was a consensus All-American, while John Moffitt was first-team All-American by the Associated Press.

For their play, six Badgers were recognized as All-Big Ten, including Carimi and Moffitt, who were each consensus first-team members.