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Badger Bits: Carimi wins Outland Trophy

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Seriously, Fridays just aren't the same without college football on Saturdays. Bowl season better get here quickly!

First of all, congratulations to Wisconsin offensive tackle Gabe Carimi! Carimi won the Outland Trophy, which is given to the nation's top interior lineman, at last night's 2010 Home Depot College Football Awards show. He becomes the second Wisconsin player to take home the award in the last five years, following now-Cleveland Browns lineman Joe Thomas.

Carimi was the foundation of the Badgers' offensive line this season, which paved the way for Wisconsin's three headed rushing attack. John Clay, James White, and Montee Ball all had at least 800 yards this season. The Wisconsin offensive line was also very successful at protecting quarterback Scott Tolzien: Tolzien was sacked only 11 times during the course of the season.

Carimi was also named to the Walter Camp All-America team, according to Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. The Outland Trophy, along with Carimi's other honors, are sure to raise his stock for the 2011 NFL Draft, where he is viewed by some scouts as a mid to late first round pick.

More Badger Bits after the jump!

Football

Wisconsin tight end Lance Kendricks fell short of taking home more hardware for the Badgers last night: Kendricks lost the Mackey Award to D.J. Williams of Arkansas.

Tom Mulhern of Madison.com writes that Wisconsin's recipe for success this year is pretty simple: don't commit any penalties, and don't turn the ball over.

Andy Baggot at Madison.com explains why he chose not to cast his Heisman Trophy vote for Auburn quarterback Cam Newton.

Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor has taken a swipe at other college quarterbacks, adding to his repertoire of attention-seeking comments. Pryor sure has a big mouth for someone who finished dead last in the Big Ten with 11 interceptions this year, and finished no higher than fourth in QB rating, yards per game, and completion percentage.

Hockey

The Badgers will look to rebound at home against a disappointing split with Alaska-Anchorage last weekend. UWBadgers.com has their series preview up- Wisconsin (8-7-3, 4-6-2 WCHA) will face off against WCHA newcomer Bemidji State (5-8-1, 4-7-1) at 7 PM tonight and tomorrow.

Baggot wrote another article for Madison.com talking about how the Badgers are looking for more balance on their attack.

Basketball

Highly-recruited Wisconsin product Vander Blue will play the Badgers for the first time this weekend since he de-committed from Wisconsin and signed a letter of intent with Marquette.

A Final Note

"We're Smelling Roses" is gaining popularity, according to Madison.com, and I feel like it's worth another plug. 21 days until the Rose Bowl!