There was a bit of controversy this afternoon as some quick triggered reporters like Jake Kocorowski and Colten Bartholomew AND NO ONE ELSE decried the BTN All-Decade offensive line selections for not including a Wisconsin Badgers player. However, there was a tie in the voting, and thus six offensive linemen made the first team, and former UW guard Michael Deiter was the last player announced.
Center. Guard. Tackle.— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) June 30, 2020
The dude did it all
The All-American and Big Ten O-Lineman of the Year started a school-record 54 games, 2nd-most in Big Ten history.@MichaelDeiter repping O-Line U on the #BTNAllDecade Team! pic.twitter.com/2UTt6JqrJT
Deiter, who made an all-B1G team all four years he played (freshman and sophomore year he was honorable mention and consensus first-team during his junior and senior years), is a native of Curtice, Ohio and one of the finest offensive linemen to ever suit up for Wisconsin.
During his senior year he was named first-team All-America (FWAA, The Athletic), second-team All-America (AFCA, AP, Sporting News, Walter Camp, College Football News) and Rimington-Pace Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year. As a freshman he was named a freshman All-America by ESPN.
You knew at least one @BadgerFootball OL would make the #BTNAllDecade team, right?— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) June 30, 2020
And @MichaelDeiter has earned the honor from our panel as one of the Top OLs of the 2010s.
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Deiter was also extremely versatile during his time in Madison, playing in 54 games and making 54 consecutive starts, including 24 at left guard, 16 at center and 14 at left tackle. Those 54 games are a school record and No. 2 all-time among Big Ten players behind Ohio State’s Billy Price, who started 55. He also, most notably, has one career receiving touchdown.