Thursday, November 30, 2006
Accolades Roll In For Thomas
Wisconsin senior offensive tackle Joe Thomas is quickly becoming one of Badger football’s most honored players ever.
The American Football Coaches Association has named Thomas as one of five offensive lineman on its first-team All-America squad. Thomas also has been named an first-team All-American by Rivals.com.
In addition, Thomas has been selected as a second-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Thomas majors in business: real estate and urban land economics and has accumulated a 3.49 grade-point average.
Thomas will be on the awards circuit next week. He will attend the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame induction ceremonies and banquet at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel where he will be recognized as a National Scholar-Athlete on Tuesday. Thomas will then head to Orlando, Fla., for the Home Depot College Football Awards Show Thursday evening (shown live on ESPN at ). He will also be part of the taping of an All-America awards show on Friday in Orlando.
Thomas already has been named a finalist for the Outland (best interior lineman), Draddy (best scholar-athlete) and Wuerffel (community service, athletic and academic achievement) Trophies this season.
Hill Named Nation's Top Freshman
Wisconsin running back P.J. Hill has been named the national Freshman of the Year in college football, Rivals.com announced Thursday.
Hill, the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and a first-team all-conference pick, also was named a third-team All-American by Rivals.com.
Hill leads the Big Ten and ranks fifth nationally in rushing yards per game (127.8). He also leads the conference in all-purpose yards with 144.2 per game (No. 8 nationally) and scoring with 8.0 points per game (tied for 17th nationally).
Hill, a native of East Elmhurst, N.Y., has rushed for 1,533 yards and 15 touchdowns on 292 carries. He also has caught 18 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown.
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