Award season good to Badgers

first_imgThe Wisconsin football trophy cases will need some renovations.After the Big Ten title the Badgers won, the individual accolades kept coming for UW’s players, with the 2010 awards season ending as one of the best in Wisconsin history. Five players were named to various All-America teams, with 18 players being named to All-Big Ten teams.Three Badgers won major trophies this season, in addition to two other players named finalists for awards.Scott Tolzien took home the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm award, given to the nation’s top senior quarterback. Tolzien finished with 2,300 passing yards and 16 touchdowns against just six interceptions. He also shattered school records in passing efficiency (169.8, fourth in FBS) and completion percentage (74.3, first in FBS).One stat that might get overlooked is Tolzien’s performance in the clutch. The Rolling Meadows, Ill., native led a picturesque scoring drive against Iowa to earn a 31-30 comeback win. He was 2-for-2 on fourth-down passing for the season, one of those coming on that drive in Iowa City. Even more remarkable was his completion percentage on third-down passing, where he was 42-for-60, with 28 of the completions good for first downs and two going for touchdowns.It would be easy to take the time to try to appreciate what Tolzien has already accomplished. But there’s still a game to be played, and that’s where the focus is.“I like [that] approach. I think it’s all about focusing on the Rose Bowl here,” he said. “I’ll have plenty of time after the game to reflect on the season and everything like that.”Senior left tackle Gabe Carimi won the Outland Trophy, given to the nation’s best interior lineman on either side of the ball. Carimi was excellent, allowing just one sack on the season, despite facing Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Ryan Kerrigan of Purdue, as well as All-American defensive end Adrian Clayborne of Iowa and Cameron Heyward of Ohio State.The Cottage Grove native is just the second Badger to win the award, the other being Joe Thomas, who ended up being selected third overall in the 2007 NFL draft.“It’s unbelievable,” Carimi said. “It’s great that we had back-to-back left tackles get the award. That’s something we’re very proud of.”Carimi was also named to the Associated Press, AFCA, SI.com, Rivals.com, FWAA and Walter Camp All-America first teams, making him a consensus pick.Joining Carimi on various All-America teams are left guard John Moffitt, tight end Lance Kendricks, running back John Clay and defensive end J.J. Watt. Both Carimi and Moffitt were named first-team All-America by the AP – the first time since 2008 one team had two linemen named to the first team.Watt was the other Badger to win a national award, as Sunday he won the Lott IMPACT Trophy. The Lott Trophy measures both defensive play and personal character of an athlete, both areas where Watt stands out.The Pewaukee native had 59 tackles, with 21 going for loss (third in FBS). He registered seven sacks and seven pass break ups, as well as three forced fumbles, recovering two and recording one interception. The junior also paced the Badgers with 10 quarterback hurries, and in special teams play, blocked three kicks – including an extra point that proved the difference in UW’s game at Kinnick Stadium.Kendricks was one of three finalists for the Mackey Award, given to the nation’s top tight end. Arkansas’ D.J. Williams took home the award, but Kendricks was the first-team tight end on the AFCA All-America team. Kendricks led the Badgers with 39 receptions for 629 yards and five touchdowns, as well as being one of the best blockers in the running game.Clay earned third-team AP All-America honors and was one of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation’s top running back. While Oregon’s LaMichael James won the award, Clay’s status as a finalist is a testament to his performance in an injury-shortened season. After spraining a knee in the Badgers’ game against Purdue, Clay missed two games and saw just limited action against Northwestern.However, the junior was still able to rack up 952 yards and 13 touchdowns, as well as two touchdowns each against Ohio State and Iowa – at the time, Iowa had allowed just two rushing touchdowns all season.Behind the scenes, head coach Bret Bielema was a finalist for the coach of the year award, won by Auburn’s Gene Chizik, and offensive coordinator Paul Chryst, running backs coach John Settle and offensive line coach Bob Bostad were also finalists for national awards given to their respective position coaches.last_img read more

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Hamilton penalised for collision as Bottas wins in Austrian GP

first_imgValtteri Bottas survived reliability worries to win an incident-packed Austrian Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton took fourth after a penalty.Four months after the scheduled first race, called off because of the coronavirus crisis, Mercedes’ win was anything but the cruise that had been expected.Gearbox concerns slowed the cars and Hamilton was penalised five seconds for a collision with Red Bull’s Alex Albon.Charles Leclerc came second after a stirring drive in the uncompetitive Ferrari while McLaren’s Lando Norris took his first podium finish, just holding off Hamilton.The world champion appeared to be the fastest car on track but the safety car periods threw multiple curve balls into the mix and the race came alive in a chaotic final 16 laps.Drivers display their own interpretation of a stance against racismAnd the harem-scarem action took place after a moment’s silence on the grid to reflect the fight against racism. All the drivers wore T-shirts saying ‘end racism’, but six of them – including Leclerc and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen – chose not to join their 14 colleagues in taking the knee alongside Hamilton.last_img read more

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Opposition Leader submits third list of nominees

first_imgOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has presented to President David Granger an additional six names from which to consider filling the post of chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).The Opposition Leader has expressed hope that this list of names he has submitted to the Head of State represents the final time he would have to engage in this exercise, and the way would now be cleared to allow for the soon appointment of a chairman of the Elections Commission.The Opposition Leader has also said he is hopeful that the President would take into consideration the ruling of the acting Chief Justice (CJ) in regard to the constitutional stipulation governing the appointment of a chairman for the GECOM.This list of nominees for the GECOM Chairmanship includes Major General (retired) Joseph ‘Joe’ Singh; Teni Housty; Sanjeev Datadin; Annette Arjune-Martins; Onesi La Fleur and Krishnadatt Persaud.In the letter to the President accompanying the list, Jagdeo said arriving at the six names was not an easy task. He said that regarding the antecedents in relation to the matter and a subsequent meeting with the President at State House back in June, he continued elaborate and protracted consultations with various stakeholders in an exercise that lasted for several weeks.During that process, he said, he solicited their views and sought nominations in efforts to ensure that six names were presented to the President that satisfy the requirements contemplated by Article 161(2) of the ConstitutionRegarding the nominees, Jagdeo explained that one is a former chairman of GECOM, while two are attorneys-at-law with over 10 years of “good standing” at the Guyana Bar, and both are qualified to be appointed as judges of a court having unlimited jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters in Guyana.Another of the nominees, he explained, is an attorney-at-law with over 40 years of good standing, and is a former magistrate who served in that capacity for over 20 years; another nominee is a business executive in the local airline industry, and has received national and international acclaim for her work in protecting Guyana’s biodiversity; while the other person has distinguished himself as an agriculturalist, and has made a sterling contribution in Guyana and the Caribbean in the area of Education and Religion.At a press conference on Friday, Jagdeo lamented the absence of a chairman at the helm of the Elections Commission, particularly since the country has to begin preparations for first the Local government elections next year.“I believe that the absence of a chairman of the commission is an untenable position. The work there in GEOCM is totally stalled. They are on remote, on automatic mode, and many of the pressing issues that have to be resolved, not only for local Government elections, but national elections coming in a short period, those issues cannot be addressed”, Jagdeo stated.last_img read more

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