MADISON, Wis. (PRESS RELEASE) – Senior tight end Lance Kendricks and senior left tackle Gabe Carimi have been named to the 2010 FBS AFCA Coaches' All-America Team, the American Football Coaches Association announced on Monday.
It marks the first time since Taylor Mehlhaff in 2007 that Wisconsin has had an AFCA All-American and the first time since Ron Dayne and Chris McIntosh in 1999 that two Badgers have earned the honor in the same season.
Wisconsin joins Oklahoma State, Stanford and Auburn as the only schools in the country to place two players on the team.
A finalist for the John Mackey Award, Kendricks leads Wisconsin with 39 catches for 627 yards and five touchdowns. In addition, Kendricks has proven invaluable as a blocker for the Badgers' high-powered rushing attack, which currently boasts three players with over 800 rushing yards and at least 13 rushing touchdowns.
Kendricks ranks third among all FBS tight ends in receiving yards, is tied for sixth in touchdowns and is tied for seventh in receptions.
Earlier this season, Kendricks became the first Badger since Travis Beckum in 2007 to record back-to-back 100-yard receiving games when he tallied 103 receiving yards and one TD on six catches vs. Austin Peay one week after a career-high seven receptions for 131 yards and one score in win over Arizona State. Kendricks won consecutive John Mackey Tight End of the Week honors for those two games.
Carimi, a 6-7, 327-pound senior from Cottage Grove, Wis., has started 48 games in his career, including the past 32 games in a row. All of his starts have come at left tackle as he replaced Joe Thomas, the only Outland Trophy winner in school history.
An Outland Trophy finalist himself, Carimi has been the anchor of an offensive line that has produced the 12th-ranked rushing offense in the country (247.3 yards per game) and given up just 12 sacks in 12 games.
Behind Carimi, the Badgers became the first team in 11 years to score more than 30 points against Ohio State and Iowa in the same season, rushing for a combined 326 yards against those teams. In the past three weeks against Indiana, Michigan and Northwestern, Wisconsin has rushed for 1,024 yards and 17 touchdowns.
With a bowl game still to be played, the Wisconsin offense has already broken school records for rushing touchdowns in a season (46) and points in a season (520). In addition, the team is on pace to break the mark for average yards per carry, total offense, points per game and passing completion percentage.
The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions.
Courtesy: UW Athletics