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Joe Thomas

2006 Outland Trophy Winner

2006 Consensus All-American

2006 Consensus First-Team All-Big Ten

Joe ThomasProjected to be among the top three overall selections in the 2007 National Football League Draft by ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. and by Scouts, Inc. ... named to 2006 Playboy All-America team ... 2006 preseason first-team All-American and the nation's No. 2 offensive tackle according to The Sporting News ... second-team preseason All-American according to Lindy's and Street & Smith's ... selected to 2006 preseason watch lists for the Outland Trophy and Lombari Award ... was assigned the only one-on-one block on UW's offensive line 90 percent of the time the past two seasons.

Career

  • Has appeared in 47 games, including 38 starts (one was as a DE vs. Auburn in 2003 Music City Bowl)
  • three-time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 5 and Academic All-Big Ten selection

2006

  • Wisconsin's first winner of the Outland Trophy (college football's top interior lineman)
  • First-team All-American according to American Football Coaches Association and Rivals.com
  • Second-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American as selected by CoSIDA
  • consensus All-American
  • consensus first-team All-Big Ten choice
  • awarded Jim Parker Trophy, given to the nation's top offensive lineman by the Touchdown Club of Columbus, Ohio
  • named UW co-team MVP
  • one of 11 finalists for the Wuerffel Trophy (community service, academic and athletic achievement)
  • name ESPN The Magazine second-team Academic All-American (as voted by CoSIDA)
  • named to ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 5 team (as voted by CoSIDA)
  • a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award
  • named to Mid-Season All-America teams by SI.com and collegefootballnews.com
  • winner of National Football Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship ($18,000) and finalist for the Draddy Trophy as college football's top scholar-athlete
  • made 38th start vs. Buffalo on Nov. 18
  • named UW's offensive player of the week for Michigan game
  • team captain
  • projected to be among the top three overall selections in the 2007 National Football League Draft by ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. and by Scouts, Inc.
  • named to 2006 Playboy All-America team
  • 2006 preseason first-team All-American and the nation's No. 2 offensive tackle according to The Sporting News
  • second-team preseason All-American according to Lindy's and Street & Smith's
  • selected to 2006 preseason watch lists for the Outland Trophy and Lombari Award

2005

  • First-team All-American according to Pro Football Weekly
  • second-team All-American by Walter Camp, SI.com and Rivals.com
  • consensus first-team All-Big Ten
  • Lombardi Award semifinalist
  • ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 5 honoree
  • Academic All-Big Ten choice
  • started all 13 games at left tackle
  • started all 13 games at left tackle
  • named UW's co-offensive player of the week vs. Bowling Green and Penn State
  • earned third varsity letter
  • injured right knee while filling in on depleted defensive line in Capital One Bowl game vs. Auburn

2004

  • Earned second varsity letter
  • started all 12 regular season games at left tackle
  • consensus honorable mention All-Big Ten pick
  • named Academic All-Big Ten and first-team academic all-district
  • set UW indoor record in shot put with throw of 62-0 ¼ feet, set in 2005
  • 2005 NCAA indoor and outdoor qualifier in shot put

2003

  • Earned first varsity letter
  • played much of season as a blocking TE (wearing No. 82)
  • first true freshman OL to see action during the Alvarez era
  • started at DE vs. Auburn in Music City Bowl and assisted on seven tackles

High School

  • No. 4 offensive tackle in the nation according to Tom Lemming
  • among top 20 offensive tackles nationally, top 25 players in the Midwest and No. 3 player in Wisconsin according to Rivals.com
  • PrepStar All-American
  • second-team All-America offensive tackle according to USA Today
  • member of Detroit Free Press All-Midwest team
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first-team all-state defensive lineman and second-team all-state offensive tackle as a senior
  • also first-team all-state honors at DE from Wisconsin Football Coaches Association and Associated Press
  • WFCA 2002 Defensive Player of the Year with fellow Badger Justin Ostrowski
  • 85 tackles and 12 QB sacks as a senior and 70 tackles and eight sacks as a junior
  • three-time all-conference selection
  • four-year letterwinner in football, track and basketball
  • captained football and basketball teams his senior year
  • finished fifth in nationals in shot put as a junior
  • all-conference, all-area and all-state selection in shot put and discus
  • four-year honor roll student
  • U.S. Army Academic All-America team
  • coached in football by Rick Synold at Brookfield Central High

Personal

  • Born 12/4/84
  • parents are Eric and Sally
  • major is business: real estate and urban land economics

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