Carimi, White lead group of Badgers honored by Big Ten


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Nov. 29, 2010

 2010 All-Big Ten Selections
Sophomore RB Montee Ball
• Honorable mention All-Big Ten (consensus)
Senior CB Niles Brinkley
• Honorable mention All-Big Ten (coaches)
Senior LT Gabe Carimi
• Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year
• First-team All-Big Ten (consensus)
Junior RB John Clay
• Second-team All-Big Ten (consensus)
Junior CB Antonio Fenelus
• First-team All-Big Ten (media)
• Honorable mention All-Big Ten (coaches)
Junior FS Aaron Henry
• Second-team All-Big Ten (coaches)
• Honorable mention All-Big Ten (media)
Senior TE Lance Kendricks
• First-team All-Big Ten (consensus)
Sophomore C Peter Konz
• Honorable mention All-Big Ten (consensus)
Senior LG John Moffitt
• First-team All-Big Ten (consensus)
Senior OL Bill Nagy
• Honorable mention All-Big Ten (coaches)
Senior LB Blake Sorensen
• Honorable mention All-Big Ten (consensus)
Sophomore LB Mike Taylor
• Honorable mention All-Big Ten (consensus)
Senior QB Scott Tolzien
• Second-team All-Big Ten (coaches)
• Honorable mention All-Big Ten (media)
Sophomore RT Ricky Wagner
• Honorable mention All-Big Ten (consensus)
Junior DE J.J. Watt
• First-team All-Big Ten (consensus)
Junior K Philip Welch
• Honorable mention All-Big Ten (consensus)
Freshman RB James White
• Big Ten Freshman of the Year (consensus)
• Second-team All-Big Ten (media)
• Honorable mention All-Big Ten (coaches)
Junior RG Kevin Zeitler
• Honorable mention All-Big Ten (consensus)

MADISON, Wis. -- Senior left tackle Gabe Carimi was named Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year and running back James White earned consensus Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors as the Big Ten Conference announced its annual awards Monday night. Carimi and White were two of 18 Badgers named All-Big Ten, either first-team, second-team or honorable mention.

Carimi is just the third Wisconsin player to earn Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year honors, joining Jeff Dellenbach (1984) and Chris McIntosh (1999).  One of three finalists for the Outland Trophy, Carimi has anchored an offensive line that many think is the best in the country.

The Badgers rank fourth in the nation in scoring offense and averaged 45.2 points per game in conference play, second-best in Big Ten history. UW also ranks 12th in the country in rushing offense. For the second-straight season, Carimi was also a consensus first-team All-Big Ten selection.

White is the seventh Badger to be named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, including the third in the last five seasons. With UW linebacker Chris Borland earning the award last season, Wisconsin is the first team in league history to boast consensus Big Ten Freshmen of the Year in consecutive seasons. 

White leads the Badgers with 1,029 rushing yards this season, third in the country among freshmen. His 6.95 yards per carry is on pace to break Wisconsin’s single-season record and ranks second in the country among running backs with at least 100 carries.

White was also a second-team All-Big Ten choice by the media and an honorable mention selection by the coaches.

Wisconsin had five players earn first-team All-Big Ten honors. Joining Carimi as consensus selections (both coaches and media) were senior tight end Lance Kendricks, senior left guard John Moffitt and junior defensive end J.J. Watt. Junior cornerback Antonio Fenelus was a first-team selection by the media and an honorable mention choice by the coaches.

Junior running back John Clay, a Doak Walker Award finalist, was a consensus second-team All-Big Ten choice. Joining him on the coaches second team were senior quarterback Scott Tolzien and junior free safety Aaron Henry. Both Tolzien and Henry were honorable mention choices by the media.

Seven Badgers were named consensus honorable mention All-Big Ten, including sophomore running back Montee Ball, sophomore center Peter Konz, senior linebacker Blake Sorensen, sophomore linebacker Mike Taylor, sophomore right tackle Ricky Wagner, junior kicker Philip Welch and junior right guard Kevin Zeitler. In addition, senior cornerback Niles Brinkley and senior offensive lineman Bill Nagy were honorable mention choices by the coaches.

All six Badger offensive linemen who started games during the Big Ten season earned all-conference honors.

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