Badgers honored on SI All-America team

Joe Thomas, Brian Calhoun, Ken DeBauche second-team; Brandon Williams honorable mention

Three University of Wisconsin football players have been named second-team All-Americans by Sports Illustrated.

Tailback Brian Calhoun, left tackle Joe Thomas and punter Ken DeBauche received second-team All-America honors, and wide receiver Brandon Williams was named an honorable mention All-American.

Calhoun is eighth in the nation and third in the Big Ten in rushing, averaging 118.6 yards per game. He tied a school record with his 21 rushing touchdowns and set a UW single-season mark with his 23 total touchdowns. He is third in the nation in scoring, at 11.5 points per game.

Calhoun is also seventh in the nation in all-purpose yards, with 1,423 rushing yards and 563 receiving yards, giving him a 165.5 yards-per-game average.

Thomas, widely considered one of the nation's top offensive linemen, was a key component in an offense that averages 35.2 points (No. 13 in the nation) and 383.9 yards (No. 52) per game. He has allowed only one sack this season.

DeBauche is seventh in the nation in punting, averaging 44.8 yards per attempt. With DeBauche leading the way, Wisconsin is 12th in the nation in net punting (37.7 yards per attempt). Of DeBauche's 54 punt attempts, 21 were downed inside the 20 and only four went for touchbacks.

Williams has 53 receptions for 922 yards and five touchdowns. His 76.8 receiving yards per game is fifth in the Big Ten. Also a dynamic kick and punt returner, Williams is 11th in the country in all-purpose yards, averaging 160.4 per game.

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