Thursday, December 7, 2006
Thomas wins Wisconsin's first Outland
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Wisconsin's Joe Thomas won the Outland
Trophy on Thursday night as the best interior lineman in college
Thomas is the first Wisconsin player to win the award that dates
to 1946. The other finalists were Texas offensive lineman Justin
Blalock and West Virginia center Dan Mozes
Thomas, a 313-pound tackle, injured his knee playing defense in
Wisconsin's Capital One Bowl victory over Auburn at the end of last
season. He returned for his senior year and had another outstanding
season, helping the Badgers go 11-1.
Thomas is the fourth consecutive offensive lineman to win the
Outland, joining Minnesota's Greg Eslinger (2005), Oklahoma's
Jammal Brown ('05) and Iowa's Robert Gallery ('04).