The 2010 Big Ten postseason player rankings continue with ...
No. 6: Gabe Carimi, LT, Wisconsin, Sr., 6-7, 327
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.
No. 6: Wisconsin LT Gabe Carimi
No. 7: Illinois RB Mikel Leshoure
No. 8: Illinois LB Martez Wilson
No. 9: Ohio State WR Dane Sanzenbacher
No. 10: Wisconsin QB Scott Tolzien
No. 11: Michigan State LB Greg Jones
No. 12: Ohio State CB Chimdi Chekwa
No. 13: Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor
No. 14: Wisconsin G John Moffitt
No. 15: Michigan C David Molk
No. 16: Ohio State DE Cameron Heyward:
No. 17: Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi
No. 18: Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins
No. 19: Indiana WR Tandon Doss
No. 21: Penn State G Stefen Wisniewski
No. 22: Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn
No. 23: Wisconsin RB James White
No. 24: Ohio State LT Mike Adams
No. 25: Indiana QB Ben Chappell