LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (FWAA) – Wisconsin offensive tackle
Gabe Carimi was named the 65th winner of the Outland Trophy
on Thursday night, becoming the second player from Wisconsin to
win the award in five seasons.
winner of the Outland Trophy, which goes to the best interior lineman in college football, was announced during
The Home Depot College Football Awards Show from The Walt Disney
Carimi, a 6-7, 327-pound senior from Cottage Grove, Wis., has
been a stalwart at left tackle for the Badgers (11-1) since taking
over for 2006 Outland Trophy winner Joe Thomas at the beginning
of the 2007 season. He has started 48 games in four seasons for
the Badgers, who
finished in a three-way tie for the Big Ten championship with Michigan
State and Ohio State this season. The Badgers are headed to the Rose Bowl to
He is one of the main reasons Wisconsin ranks 12th in the
country in rushing (247.3 yards per game) and is second nationally
in rushing touchdowns with a school-record 46. Wisconsin is fourth in the country in scoring offense (43.3), which is a school record
and the Badgers' offensive
line has allowed just 12 sacks in 12 games.
Carimi was a part of a dominating offensive line in the Badgers'
83-20 defeat of Indiana when star running back John Clay was out
with an injury. Carimi and the rest of the Wisconsin line were co-Badger
Offensive Players of Week in a 41-23 victory over Minnesota this
season. Carimi is one of just three offensive players to start every
game for the Badgers this season and is considered a cinch early-round
NFL Draft pick.
"It's such a great honor to be named the Outland Trophy
winner," Carimi said. "I was nervous going up there. I was
trying to hide behind my facemask. I'm extremely happy, (but) I
don't think it has set in yet."
"Ever since I've been around Gabe Carimi, he's a guy that is
very focused on success," Wisconsin Coach Bret Bielema said earlier
this season. "He is kind of a perfectionist. You are always worried
– I think early on in Gabe's career – that he was going to be too
hard on himself."
Carimi becomes the fourth Big Ten Conference player to win the
Outland Trophy in the last eight seasons after Iowa's Robert Gallery
(2003), Minnesota's Greg Eslinger (2005) and Thomas (2006).
The FWAA selects the Outland Trophy winner from its 25-man All-America
team which will be announced on Saturday afternoon on ABC-TV at
2 p.m. ET. Carimi claimed the Outland Trophy over Florida State
guard Rodney Hudson and Colorado offensive tackle Nate
Solder, also both seniors.
The Outland Trophy, which has been awarded annually by the FWAA
since 1946, is named after the late John Outland, a lineman at Pennsylvania
at the turn of the century. The Outland Trophy is the third oldest
award in major college football behind the Heisman Trophy and Maxwell
The official 2009 award presentation to Carimi will be Jan. 13,
2011 in Omaha, Neb., at a banquet sponsored by the Greater Omaha
Sports Committee. At the banquet, Mike McGee of Duke will receive
an Outland Trophy. He was the 1959 winner of the award.
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