May 12, 2010
MADISON, Wis. -- The 2010 Lindy’s Football Preview has released its preseason predictions and fans of Wisconsin football will like what they see. As a team, the Badgers are ranked No. 6 in the magazine’s preseason poll, while senior offensive lineman Gabe Carimi has been named first team All-America, and fellow seniors John Moffitt and Lance Kendricks have been named second team All-American.
Wisconsin has 18 starters returning from a team what went 10-3 and defeated then-No. 14 Miami in the Champs Sports Bowl last season. Ten of the starters are back on offense, with six more coming back on defense, as well as kicker Philip Welch and punter Brad Nortman. Overall, 46 letterwinners return for UW.
The Badgers are one of four Big Ten teams ranked in the poll, with only Ohio State, which is No. 3, ranking higher. Iowa, whom the Badgers visit on Oct. 23, is ranked 10th, while Penn State, which is not on UW’s schedule, is ranked 24th.
Carimi started all 13 games at left tackle last season for Wisconsin, taking home first-team All-Big Ten honors in the process. For his career, Carimi has started 36 games since taking over for former Outland Trophy Winner Joe Thomas.
With former tight end Garrett Graham the lone starter not returning on offense, Kendricks will have a much larger role in the offense in 2010. Kendricks finished fourth on the team a year ago with 29 receptions for 356 yards. His coming out party came in the Champs Sports Bowl against Miami, recording career highs with seven catches for 128 yards, including a career-long 37 yard reception.
Joining Kendricks on the second team is Moffitt. Like Carimi, Moffitt was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2009. Moffitt played in 11 games last season, starting 10 (eight at left guard, two at center), after missing the first two games of the season due to injury. In his career, Moffitt has started 29 of the 32 games in which he has played.
The Badgers open the 2010 season on Sept. 4 at UNLV before making their home debut the following week against San Jose State.
The national edition of the 2010 Lindy’s Football Preview will be available on newsstands on June 1 while the Big Ten edition will be available on June 15.