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B5Q Blogopean Union: Jonathan Taylor and Tyler Biadasz appreciation edition

Taylor and Biadasz are the best in the country at their positions.

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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.
  • The Badgers kind of have a stranglehold on the award recently, with Melvin Gordon winning it in 2014 and Montee Ball in 2012.
  • When you win awards at the rate Taylor does, you are allowed to wear shoes this.
  • 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.
  • Yes Tyler, I’m pretty sure you made them proud.
  • Awwwwwwww, that’s nice.