Badgers send three to Senior Bowl

By Sam Zastrow

Three UW players are headed to the Senior Bowl January 29th in Mobile, Ala.

This news shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, as all three players — TE Lance Kendricks, OG John Moffit and OT Gabe Carimi — were also named first-team All Americans a few weeks ago.

Carimi’s growing list of accolades is quite impressive. In 2010-11, Carimi won the Outland Trophy as the NCAA’s top lineman and was named the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year. He was a unanimous first-team All American and All-Big Ten selection. Carimi made an astonishing 49 starts for the Badgers in his career. He is projected by many as a first-round draft pick.

Moffit was one of my favorite players to watch in 2010 because of his nastiness and effort. He was also a unanimous All-American and All-Big Ten selection. Moffit made 42 career starts and will probably be a upper-middle round pick in the NFL draft.

Kendricks is the latest in a long string of outstanding Wisconsin tight ends (Garrett Graham, Owen Daniels, etc). He was named a consensus All-Big Ten selection and finished with 43 catches for 633 yards and firve touchdowns this season despite being limited by injuries in several games. Though all three of these players are NFL-ready prospects, I believe Kendricks may have the biggest impact in the pros right away because of his size, athleticism and skills as both a receiver and blocker.

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