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Monday, March 14, 2011
Big Ten rankings: No. 6, Gabe Carimi

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

The 2010 Big Ten postseason player rankings continue with ...

No. 6: Gabe Carimi, LT, Wisconsin, Sr., 6-7, 327

Wisconsin's Gabe Carimi
Wisconsin offensive lineman Gabe Carimi won the Outland Trophy last season on a team the reached the Rose Bowl.
2010 numbers: Started all 13 games at left tackle; anchored the line for a record-setting Wisconsin offense that ranked fifth nationally in scoring (41.5 ppg) and 12th in rushing (245.7 ypg); won Outland Trophy as nation's top interior lineman; consensus All-American and the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year.

Preseason rank: No. 11 in the preseason Top 25 players

Why he's here: Carimi was the Big Ten's most dominant offensive lineman, sealing off Scott Tolzien's blind side and helping create huge holes for the Wisconsin running backs. The Big Ten boasted arguably the nation's deepest group of defensive ends, but Carimi won one-on-one battles against Cameron Heyward, Adrian Clayborn, Ryan Kerrigan. Those three combined for no sacks, 12 tackles and two tackles for loss.

Carimi became just the second Wisconsin player to win the Outland Trophy, the team's third Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year and the team's eighth unanimous All-American. He started all 49 games in his Wisconsin career and served as a co-captain this fall. Joe Thomas left some big shoes to fill, but Carimi certainly was up to the task.