Thomas piling up awards

With postseason awards beginning to be listed, the Joe Thomas file will probably be growing by the hour.

MADISON, Wis. -- 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.

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.

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