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- This is going to be a shortened version of the normal Blogopean Union post and it is only going to focus on two people. Badgers running back Jonathan Taylor and center Tyler Biadasz are two of the best players on the team and also, as proven on Thursday night, the country.
- Biadasz is the first Badger to ever win the Rimington Trophy, given annually to the best center in the nation.
- Taylor is the first Badger to win the Doak Walker Award, for best running back in the nation, since last year...when he also won the award. Yes, Jonathan Taylor won the best running back in the country award in back-to-back years and couldn’t even get an invite to New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony.
- Just a fun little side-by-side comparison to get your ire up on Friday morning before we get back to the nice things.
- Taylor is the third player in NCAA history to win the Doak Walker Award in back-to-back years. Arkansas running back Darren McFadden (2006/2007) and Texas weed smoking champion and running back Ricky Williams (1997/1998) were the other two.
Run it back!— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) December 13, 2019
Jonathan Taylor is the third player in FBS history to win the Doak Walker Award in back-to-back years. @JayT23
See his reaction immediately after winning the @DoakWalkerAward! pic.twitter.com/oVKG76oVxK
- The Badgers kind of have a stranglehold on the award recently, with Melvin Gordon winning it in 2014 and Montee Ball in 2012.
#Badgers RB Jonathan Taylor wins the Doak Walker Award for a second straight season. A Wisconsin RB has won it four times in the last eight years.— Zach Heilprin (@ZachHeilprin) December 13, 2019
- When you win awards at the rate Taylor does, you are allowed to wear shoes this.
WHAT ARE THOOOOOSE— Amy Gill (@amygillsports) December 12, 2019
Jonathan Taylor’s shoes pic.twitter.com/JhC22x9Syg
- In a crazy stat that I assumed wasn’t true, Biadasz became the first Badger to ever win the best center in the nation award. He also, if you forgot like I did, didn’t even come to Wisconsin to play offensive line.
Jonathan Taylor is the third RB to win back-2-back Doak Walker Awards (Ricky Williams and Darren McFadden). That's impressive, but Tyler Biadasz came to Wisconsin to play defensive tackle and having never played center. Now he's the best center in college. That's truly awesome.— Benjamin Worgull (@TheBadgerNation) December 13, 2019
- Yes Tyler, I’m pretty sure you made them proud.
The first @RimingtonTrophy Award winner in school history. @TylerBiadasz thanks his coaches, his family and talks about what the award means to him. "I just hope I made them proud." pic.twitter.com/gNas5zstWw— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) December 13, 2019
- Awwwwwwww, that’s nice.