GABRIEL "Gabe" CARIMI
University of Wisconsin Badgers
Cottage Grove, Wisconsin
Monona Grove High School
Since 1952, Badgers offensive tackles have garnered ten All-American honors, featuring the likes of Dave Suminski (1952), Dan Lanphear (1959), Dennis Lick (1974-75), Ray Snell (1979), Paul Gruber (1987), Aaron Gibson (1998), Chris McIntosh (1999) and Joe Thomas (2005-06).
Thomas was regarded as the best offensive lineman the university has ever produced. When Thomas graduated, the demanding left tackle position was handed to a red-shirt freshman. It was very big shoes that Carimi had to fill. Four years later, much like Cinderella, the "glass slipper" has been a perfect fit for #68, whose stellar performance in 2010 is certain to see him join the other elite Wisconsin tackles in earning national honors.
Offensive linemen live in relative obscurity, but because of the player he replaced in the lineup (Thomas), Carimi has been under the "microscope," but has come through with flying colors. The Big Ten Conference has featured outstanding defensive ends in recent years and it has been Carimi's task to combat them in the trenches.
Anyone needing to see this left tackle's "pedigree" on the football field should look at a three-game stretch in 2010 that defines his role as the pulse of the Badgers' offensive attack. During that stretch vs. Ohio State, Iowa and Purdue, Carimi had the daunting task of taking on All-American pass rushers by like the Buckeyes' Cameron Heyward, the Hawkeyes' Adrian Clayborn and the Boilermakers' Ryan Kerrigan.
The three defensive ends produced a combined total of seven tackles, with just two coming behind the line of scrimmage. Carimi? He delivered 25 knockdown blocks, five touchdown-resulting blocks, recovered a fumble to keep a scoring drive alive and saw the ground game deliver 499 of the team's 986 yards in total offense while recording eight of the ten total touchdowns registered by the offensive unit.
The Civil Engineering major has been a model of consistency ever since stepping into the starting lineup in 2007. He proved his meddle to professional scouts during his junior season, delivering fourteen touchdown-resulting blocks and 94 knockdowns, despite playing with a right knee sprain, a severely sprained shoulder and while battling swine flu throughout the year, yet, refused to sit out any contests.
Fully recovered from those ailments, Carimi was simply dominating in 2010. Along with guard John Moffitt, the left side of Wisconsin's offensive line produced 29 touchdown-resulting blocks for a ground attack that scored 48 times.
Only once in Badgers annals has an offensive lineman delivered more than 20 touchdown-resulting blocks in a season (Joe Thomas had 23 in 2006). Despite missing the bulk of the second half of the Indiana clash, Carimi has been credited with sixteen touchdown-resulting blocks during his senior campaign. His 89.7% blocking consistency grade is the highest by a Big Ten Conference offensive tackle since Thomas produced a 92.0% grade during the 2006 season.
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Carimi was a two-time All-Badger South Conference selection as an offensive tackle at Monona Grove High School. He was rated the state's sixth-best overall prospect by BadgerStatePreps.com, as Rivals.com rated him the state's third-best player and 30th-best offensive tackle in the nation. He added Prep Star and Parade All-American recognition as a senior and was an All-Midwest choice by Super Prep.
Carimi lettered four times in both football and track, serving as team captain in both sports as a senior. He was an All-State first-team choice on both sides of the line, in addition to being named the Capital Times and Wisconsin State Journal Player of the Year in 2005. That season, he helped the team capture the Bay South title, compiling a 10-2 record. The Silver Eagles also won the Bay South championship during his junior campaign, ranking eighth in the state with a 13-1 record.
At the 2006 Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletics Association track championships, Carimi was one of the University of Wisconsin's incoming football recruits to excel in that meet. He was seeded 15th in the shot put entering the competition, but finished fifth in the event with a toss of 157-8. Milwaukee King High School and present Wisconsin tight end, Lance Kendricks, finished second in the triple jump (46-7 ¾). Racine Park High standout, UW tailback John Clay, ran the anchor on his school's eighth-place 400 relay team.
All three would go on to have major roles for the Badgers during their gridiron careers at Wisconsin. Carimi was the "prize" of the recruiting class in 2006, signing his letter-of-intent after being recruited by then assistant coach and present head coach, Bret Bielema, who along with Brian Murphy, saw Game commit to the university prior to his 2005 prep season. Carimi would spend the 2006 campaign on the scout team, earning that squad's Player of the Week honors prior to the Western Illinois clash.
In 2007, Carimi started all thirteen games as the replacement for Outland Trophy winner Joe Thomas at left tackle. With the youngster leading the way, Wisconsin ranked second in the Big Ten Conference and 21st in the nation in rushing, averaging 200.77 yards per game.
With veteran Andy Kemp mentoring the freshman from his left guard position, Carimi collected ten touchdown-resulting blocks and tallied 88 knockdowns. He was named to The Sporting News' Freshman All-American team, as the Academic All-Big Ten choice also shared team Rookie of the Year honors.
Primed for a banner sophomore campaign, Carimi began the 2008 season in explosive fashion, earning Player of the Week honors for his performance vs. Akron in the season opener. He posted seven touchdown-resulting blocks in the team's first four games, but suffered a knee sprain in the first quarter vs. Ohio State that would sideline him for the next three contests.
Carimi would return to action vs. Michigan State, starting each of the ten contests he appeared in. Despite missing time, he still made eleven touchdown-resulting blocks, tying senior Kraig Urbik for the team lead. He was again honored as a member of the Academic All-Big Ten Conference team and was a Sophomore All-American honorable mention.
Battling injuries throughout 2009, Carimi was still the anchor of the front wall, picking up All-Big Ten and Academic All-Conference accolades, in addition to receiving All-American fourth-team recognition. Behind his drive blocking, Wisconsin led the Big Ten Conference In rushing for the second-straight year, finishing 15th in the nation with an average of 203.85 yards per game.
Carimi would be held out of most of 2010 spring camp after undergoing knee surgery (was re-injured on the first series of the Champs Sports Bowl). Fully recovered, he put together a banner final campaign. He was the recipient of the coveted Outland Trophy, given to the nation's top blocker and was a consensus All-American, teaming with guard John Moffitt, as the left side of the offensive line accounted for over 70% of the team's rushing yardage. He helped the Badgers total 3,194 of its 5,787 total yards on the ground, producing sixteen touchdown-resulting blocks in the process.
Carimi holds the rare distinction of starting every game during his collegiate career (49) at the demanding left offensive tackle position…His 49 starting assignments are the most among active Wisconsin players (John Moffitt is second with 42)…Joined quarterback Scott Tolzien as the only offensive players to start every game the last two seasons… During that two-year span, Carimi delivered 174 knockdowns/key blocks (7.91 per game), along with 30 touchdown-resulting blocks and fifteen blocks down field, grading at least 90% for blocking consistency in eleven of 22 contests.
Consensus All-American and unanimous All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection, adding Outland Trophy honors, an award given to the top blocker in the collegiate ranks…Added Academic All-Big Ten accolades…Also named to the Lombardi Award Watch List…One of six team captains, Carimi's blocking consistency grade of 89.7% topped all offensive tackles in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision ranks…Produced a career-best sixteen touchdown-resulting blocks, along with seven blocks down field and 80 knock-downs/key blocks for a unit that ranked 12th in the nation and second in the league with an average of 245.69 yards per game rushing…Despite facing elite pass rushers on a weekly basis (including Ohio State's Cameron Heyward, Iowa's Adrian Clayborn and Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan), the UW left tackle has seen his quarterback get sacked just once from the left side on 221 pass plays…Produced grades of at least 90% for blocking five times in ten contests (vs. Nevada-Las Vegas, Austin Peay State, Minnesota, Purdue and Indiana, while delivering multiple touch-down resulting blocks in six contests (vs. UNLV, Austin Peay, Minnesota, Ohio State, Purdue and Indiana)…What made his performance vs. Indiana even more impressive is the fact he spent the second half of that contest on the sidelines with a leg bruise…His 89.7% blocking consistency grade is the highest by a Big Ten Conference offensive tackle since Thomas produced a 92.0% grade during the 2006 season…Also served on the field goal and extra point units, helping the Badgers block an conversion attempt in the Arizona State clash…Recovered a fumble in the Iowa contest….Led the way as the Badgers became the first team since 1999 to score more than 30 points vs. Ohio State and Iowa in the same season…Added co-Player of the Week honors vs. Minnesota.
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2010 GAME ANALYSIS
Nevada-Las Vegas…The front wall did not allow their quarterback to be touched by the Rebels while paving the way for a ground attack that amassed 278 yards with four touch-downs ina 41-21 victory…Carimi, fully recovered from 2009 injury issues, was the most dominant of the Badgers blockers, collecting ten knockdowns with a pair of touchdown-resulting blocks…Late in the first quarter, he held off a blitz by linebacker Calvin Randleman on a 45-yard pass from QB Scott Tolzien to David Gilbreath that put the ball at the UNLV 1-yard line. His scramble block cleared a crease used by tailback Montee Ball for a 1-yard score on the next snap…On third-&-1, Carimi teamed with guard John Moffitt on a fold block to spring John Clay for a 19-yard gain into the UNLV red zone, where the left tackle than sealed off the edge as Ball scooted around the corner for a 16-yard touchdown that capped qa 78-yard, 6-play third quarter series…Head to Head Competition-DE#92-B.J. Bell (6:02-262)-Two tackles (1 solo)…Carimi Offensive Impact-The lineman posted ten key blocks, including a pair of touchdown-resulting blocks, grading 94% for blocking consistency…The Badgers rushed for 278 yards with four touchdowns on 50 carries (5.56 ypc) and generated 475 total yards on 70 snaps (6.79 yards per play), as the front wall allowed two sacks.
San Jose State…Wisconsin rushed for over 200 yards (212) for the second-straight week, with Carimi sealing the 27-14 win with two big plays in the fourth quarter…With a big blitz bearing down on Scott Tolzien, Carimi raced towards the pocket to provide fan protection on the QB's 25-yard toss to tight end Lancee Kendricks. Two plays later, his lift off the snap upended defensive end Travis Johnson, opening a rush lane used by John Clay for a 1-yard touchdown to finish a 10-play, 77-yard possession…Head to Head Competition-DE#43-Travis Johnson (6:03-247)-Two assisted tackles, one QB pressure…Carimi Offensive Impact-The lineman posted seven key blocks, including one touchdown-resulting block and one block down field, grading 86% for blocking consistency…The Badgers rushed for 212 yards with two touchdowns on 46 carries (4.61 ypc) and generated 403 total yards on 67 snaps (6.01 yards per play), as the front wall allowed two sacks.
Arizona State…Wisconsin gained over 400 yards in total offense (440) in each of their first three games, but struggled to find the end zone often in a 20-19 decision…Playing on Yom Kippur, which is the most religious Jewish holiday of the year, Carimi delivered eight key blocks, including one that flattened two defenders on a third-&-1 run by John Clay for a first down, as Carimi then teamed with guard John Moffitt on a slip block that sealed off the pocket until Scott Tolzien found Lance Kendricks with a 14-yard touchdown toss…On special teams, Carimi's long wing span caused the ASU point after unit to see that PAT be blocked by the Badgers' Jay Valai, preventing the Sun Devils from tying the score with 4:09 left, as Wisconsin took over to run out the clock and preserve their tight victory…In the post-game press conference, Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema told the media, "I want to thank Gabe Carimi. Gabe is of Jewish faith, and for him to go out there today, I just want to give him special thanks. He is somebody special on this football team, does a lot of great things for us that you never really see except for the guys behind the scenes, so I think that is absolutely awesome."…On Jay Valai's blocked extra point, the coach noted, "That block that we put on there was the only time it's been called. Actually, I believe that was the only time it has been called this year. We've done a little different thing with putting Ricky Wagner and Gabe Carimi in there. We've put two big bodies. Their wing span is off the charts. Their wing span is probably taller than I am. We put those guys in there and they've been blowing up the line pretty good and covering down with everyone else, and then this one, Jay took advantage of the opportunity he got and put his hand on the ball. It was awesome."…Head to Head Competition-DE#92-Jameer Jarrett (6:05-261)-Three tackles (1 solos), 0.5 stop for a loss…Carimi Offensive Impact-The lineman posted eight key blocks, including one touchdown-resulting block, grading 84% for blocking consistency…The Badgers rushed for 194 yards with one touchdown on 42 carries (4.57 ypc) and generated 440 total yards on 67 snaps (6.57 yards per play), as the front wall allowed one sack.
Austin Peay State…In a 70-3 triumph, the first unit spent most of the second half as observers, but Carimi still delivered a pair of touchdown-resulting blocks, including one on the team's first possession, as he widened the "B" gap to spring Bradie Ewing for a 7-yard scoring burst on a 68-yard, 9-play series…On third-&-2 from the UW 34, Carimi and guard John Moffitt executed a perfect "four hands/four eyes" block, taking down two line-men before clobbering linebackers in the second level on a 66-yard touchdown jaunt by James White…Record Watch-Wisconsin's 70 points scored broke the old school record of 69 points by the 1962 squad vs. New Mexico State…Their 618 yards in total offense was the sixth-best game output in Badgers annals…This also marked the ninth time a UW team ran for seven touchdowns in a game…Head to Head Competition-DE#64-Preston Keck (6:04-239)-Two tackles (1 solo)…Carimi Offensive Impact-The lineman posted nine key blocks, including two touchdown-resulting blocks and one block down field, grading 95% for blocking consistency…The Badgers rushed for 346 yards with seven touchdowns on 49 carries (6.02 ypc) and generated 618 total yards on 68 snaps (9.09 yards per play), as the front wall allowed one sack.
Michigan State…The Spartans handed Wisconsin a 34-24 loss, as the offense managed a season-low 292 yards…In the third quarter, Carimi cleared the left corner for a 13-yard run by James White and on the next snap, White used his left tackle's lift block on defensive end Tyler Hoover to break free for a 34-yard scoring burst…Head to Head Competition-DE#91-Tyler Hoover (6:07-247)-One solo tackle, one QB pressure…Carimi Offensive Impact-The lineman posted eight key blocks, including one touchdown-resulting block, grading 85% for blocking consistency…The Badgers rushed for 165 yards with two touchdowns on 31 carries (5.32 ypc) and generated 292 total yards on 56 snaps (5.21 yards per play), as the front wall allowed one sack.
Minnesota…Carimi and his fellow offensive line mates were named Players of the Week after they cleared the way for five touchdown runs…"Our offense has so many weapons ... when they're hitting on all cylinders on a Saturday, it's tough to stop," defensive end J.J. Watt told the Wisconsin State Journal…The third quarter saw Carimi put on a blocking clinic, as he delivered a second level block on a 17-yard carry by James White that was first ruled a touchdown, but then nullified by off-setting penalties. Undaunted, Carimi exploded into defensive end Anthony Jacobs on the next snap and White powered into the end zone for an 8-yard score, capping a 64-yard, 11-play drive…On the Badgers' next series, John Clay took a third-&-1 handoff, went right, saw the rush lane clogged, only to see his left tackle work in-line. Clay latched on to Carimi, who blasted nose guard Jewhan Edwards into the ground, as the tailback added a 4-yard touchdown carry…Head to Head Competition-DE#97-Anthony Jacobs (6:02-300)-Two solo tackles…Carimi Offensive Impact-The lineman posted ten key blocks, including two touchdown-resulting blocks and one block down field, grading 95% for blocking consistency…The Badgers rushed for 250 yards with five touchdowns on 46 carries (5.43 ypc) and generated 473 total yards on 69 snaps (6.86 yards per play), as the front wall allowed no sacks.
Ohio State…In Carimi's previous three encounters with Ohio State, the Buckeyes sacked Wisconsin quarterbacks eighteen times. But, on this day, the Badgers pulled off a 31-18 upset, as QB Scott Tolzien was not captured for a sack the entire afternoon…The left tackle keyed a front wall that was challenged by their head coach before the contest, as the Badgers blockers opened huge holes for three rushing touchdowns…Carimi took down rush end Cameron Heyward to spring John Clay for a 16-yard run to the OSU 14. On the next snap, the left tackle rode Heyward inside and away from Clay, who took the handoff and went 14 yards for a 14-0 lead five minutes into the contest…On third-&-10 from the OSU 24, QB Scott Tolzien used a kick-out block by Carimi that stymied Heyward and paved the way for the passer to score on bootleg…After the game, head coach Bret Bielema was asked about him challenging the offensive line and he stated, "I did challenge them. I don't do that very often as a head coach. I don't want to set kids up for failure. If I do something like that, it's usually that I have a really strong belief that it's going to come through. I challenged the offensive line and defensive line, to be quite honest. Everybody made a big deal about the 29 games that Ohio State had played without a 100-yard rusher. I threw it in those guys' faces all week. I threw it at our running backs, but it all starts up front for us. For us to have success, we have to play well at the offensive line. I thought the leadership that Gabe Carimi and John Moffitt gave us was priceless. I can't put it into words."…Carimi was asked about him celebrating with the fans after the game and smiled, "It was crazy. I've never experienced anything like that in my life. It's something I'm always going to cherish. I'm surprised the fans didn't come on earlier."…On beating Ohio State, "I waited three years to beat them. It was great as a senior."…On the environment entering the game, "We came in here confident and there was such a calm in the locker room beforehand. We are all on the edge of our seats. We were locked in. That's quiet intensity." Head to Head Competition-DE#97-Cameron Heyward (6:05-288)-Three tackles (1 solo), one stop for a 1-yard loss…Carimi Offensive Impact-The lineman posted seven key blocks, including two touchdown-resulting blocks, grading 89% for blocking consistency…The Badgers rushed for 184 yards with three touchdowns on 43 carries (4.28 ypc) and generated 336 total yards on 59 snaps (5.69 yards per play), as the front wall allowed no sacks.
Iowa…Carimi's crucial fumble recovery helped the Badgers escape with a 31-30 victory, as he emerged victorious from a fierce battle with All-American defensive end Adrian Clayborn…Two power runs by John Clay around the left corner were set up by Carimi locking out Clayborn on both plays, setting up a UW 33-yard first quarter field goal…Clay-born managed to sack QB Scott Tolzien for a 14-yard loss in the second quarter, but the left tackle pounced on the ball after the passer had fumbled it…Clayborn was simply flattened by Carimi's scramble block that paved the way for a 2-yard touchdown run by John Clay between his left tackle and guard in the third quarter…Head to Head Competition-DE#94-Adrian Clayborn (6:04-288)-Two tackles (1 solo), a 14-yard sack and one QB pressure…Carimi Offensive Impact-The lineman posted eight key blocks, including one touchdown-resulting block and one block down field, as he recovered a fumble, but was called for holding once, grading 83% for blocking consistency…The Badgers rushed for 142 yards with three touchdowns on 38 carries (3.74 ypc) and generated 347 total yards on 64 snaps (5.42 yards per play), as the front wall allowed one sack.
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Purdue…For the sixth consecutive game, Wisconsin put up at least 30 points on the board (34-13), as Carimi's manhandling of a player considered to be the best down lineman in the Big Ten, Ryan Kerrigan, was the major reason for the team's victory, as the left tackle had touchdown-resulting blocks on both of the team's scores on the ground…On fourth-&-1, Carimi's lift into Kerrigan gave him the leverage needed to see John Clay run for a first down. On the next snap, QB Scott Tolzien rolled left, where Carimi's slip block on the Purdue All-American allowed the Badgers passer time to connect with Jarred Abbrederis on a 7-yard touchdown toss to give Wisconsin a 13-10 lead at the start of the second half…Carimi's second level block on linebacker Joe Holland paved the way for Montee Ball's 26-yard scoot in the fourth frame…With 8:54 left in the contest, Ball used a drive block by his left tackle to race 15 yards into the end zone for a score…Head to Head Competition-DE#94-Ryan Kerrigan (6:04-273)-Two tackles (1 solo)…Carimi Offensive Impact-The lineman posted seven key blocks, including two touchdown-resulting blocks and one block down field, grading 93% for blocking consistency…The Badgers rushed for 173 yards with two touchdowns on 39 carries (4.44 ypc) and generated 303 total yards on 58 snaps (5.22 yards per play), as the front wall allowed three sacks.
Indiana…One of just three offensive players to start every game for the Badgers in 2010, Carimi displayed his "pedigree" as both a drive blocker and in pass protection before the first unit was given a rest in the second half of an 83-20 victory…The left tackle gutted it out with a lower leg bruise before giving way to the UW reserves… Carimi was the driving force behind Wisconsin's most impressive quarter - the second – vs. the Hoosiers…The left tackle latched on to Indiana weak-side linebacker Leon Beckum and cleared the way for James White's 30-yard touchdown that extended Wisconsin's second quarter lead to 24-10 over a Hoosier team that had battled the Badgers step for step early. Carimi was just as impressive in the passing game, as he eased back into his pass set, demonstrating quick feet and balance, as he dropped defensive end Larry Black, wheeled off that block and shut down Beckum on QB Scott Tolzien's 4-yard touchdown pass to Nick Toon with only 21 seconds left in the second quarter…Carimi left in the second half, but coach Bret Bielema said it was a bruised leg and he'll be able to practice this week and play at Michigan. "Just a couple injury updates, Gabe Carimi, we took him in, and x-rays were negative. He basically just got a bruise on his leg and it got sore as the day went on. I think he feels pretty good and should be back full-go early part of next week."…Record Watch-Wisconsin finished with 598 yards of total offense, which ranks 11th in school history…The Badgers ran for 338 yards on the day, marking the second time this season that UW has run for at least 300 yards (346 vs. Austin Peay on 9/25)…Wisconsin scored on each of its 13 possessions, never punting and committing zero turnovers…Their 83 points scored broke the school game-record that they had set earlier in the 2010 season vs. Austin Peay…Head to Head Competition-DE#97-Larry Black, Jr. (6:02-326)-No tackles… Carimi Offensive Impact-The lineman posted six key blocks, including two touchdown-resulting blocks and two blocks down field, grading 94% for blocking consistency…The Badgers rushed for 338 yards with six touchdowns on 47 carries (7.19 ypc) and generated 598 total yards on 68 snaps (8.79 yards per play), as the front wall allowed two sacks.
All-American third-team choice by The NFL Draft Report, adding fourth-team accolades from Phil Steele…Member of the Award Preseason Watch List…Selected All-Big Ten Conference first-team by the league's media and second-team by the coaches…Added Academic All-Big Ten first-team recognition…Started all thirteen games at the demanding left offensive tackle position…Carimi proved his toughness, as he missed close to two weeks of fall camp after he suffered a right knee sprain in a mid-August scrimmage and was the first of several Badgers that entered the season suffering from H1N1 symptoms (swine flu), as he also suffered a left shoulder sprain in the sixth game vs. Ohio State and a kneecap dislocation in the first quarter of the Champs Sports Bowl vs. Miami, yet, he would go on to start all thirteen games…Helped the Badgers finish 15th in the nation and lead the conference in rushing, averaging 203.85 yards per game…Even though he had problems with full range of his shoulder and was slowed by knee problems, he graded 85.25% for blocking consistency, registering 94 knockdowns/key blocks, fourteen touch-down resulting blocks and eight blocks down field…The front wall allowed 23 quarterback sacks, but only three came from the left edge during 340 pass plays…Graded at least 90% for blocking in each of the Northern Illinois, Fresno State, Wofford, Minnesota, Hawaii and Northwestern contests…Produced multiple touchdown-resulting blocks vs. Northern Illinois, Fresno State and Hawaii.
2009 GAME ANALYSIS
Northern Illinois…After missing ten days of fall camp after he suffered a right knee sprain in mid-August drills and being the first of several Wisconsin teammates to be felled by H1N1 symptoms (swine flu) prior to the season opener vs. Northern Illinois, Carimi alternated between getting chills and feeling like he was burning up throughout the game, but based on his performance, his coaches had to be greatly pleased with their left tackle's performance…The junior delivered a pair of touchdown-resulting blocks, but started the game by being flagged for a false start during a first quarter drive…at the start of the second stanza, his second level block on linebacker Alex Kube was all that Isaac Anderson needed to take a handoff and turn the left corner for a 23-yard scoring run…The first possession of the second half ended when Carimi flattened rush end Jake Coffman to widen the rush lane used by John Clay for a 1-yard touchdown run that capped an 11-play, 92-yard drive…Head to Head Competition-DE#54-Jake Coffman (6:05-258)-Four tackles (2 solos)…Carimi Offensive Impact-The lineman posted seven key blocks, including two touchdown-resulting blocks and one block down field, but was penalized once for a false start, grading 90% for blocking consistency…The Badgers rushed for 152 yards with three touchdowns on 38 carries (4.00 ypc) and generated 433 total yards on 63 snaps (6.87 yards per play), as the front wall allowed no sacks.
Fresno State…Still feeling the effects from the flu, Carimi still dominated the action in the trenches, posting two touchdown-resulting blocks for the second-straight week while also producing ten knockdowns…Zach Brown's 11-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter was the result of Carimi leveling defensive end Chase Carter on the play…Carter was pushed inside by Carimi, tying up two other defenders as tailback John Clay took a second-&-goal handoff for an 8-yard touchdown with 4:27 left in the first half…Head to Head Competition-DE#92-Kenny Borg (6:04-249)-Two tackles (1 solo), one assisted stop for a 2-yard loss…Carimi Offensive Impact-The lineman posted ten key blocks, including two touchdown-resulting blocks, but was penalized once for a false start, grading 91% for blocking consistency…The Badgers rushed for 188 yards with three touchdowns on 39 carries (4.82 ypc) and generated 413 total yards on 67 snaps (6.16 yards per play), as the front wall allowed two sacks.
Wofford…Playing without his left guard, John Moffitt for the first two games, Carimi was reunited with his blocking mate for several plays as Moffitt worked back in shape from a chest muscle strain…Carimi continued his stellar play, grading over 90% for blocking consistency for the third-straight week…His scramble block took down nose guard Eric Eberhardt on a 4-yard touchdown run by Erik Smith in the second quarter…Head to Head Competition-DE#94-Ameet Pall (5:11-247)-No tackles…Carimi Offensive Impact-The lineman posted nine key blocks, including one touchdown-resulting block and one block down field, grading 92% for blocking consistency…The Badgers rushed for 258 yards with three touchdowns on 42 carries (6.14 ypc) and generated 430 total yards on 63 snaps (6.83 yards per play), as the front wall allowed no sacks.
Michigan State…Carimi delivered eight knockdowns and showed some explosive foot speed, as he drove into the second level to knock down linebacker Greg Jones on a 14-yard carry by Isaac Anderson before the left tackle ended that 6-play, 50-yard drive with a reach block on defensive end Colin Neely that gave QB Scott Tolzien a chance to hit tight end Garrett Graham with a 15-yard touchdown pass…Head to Head Competition-DE#89-Colin Neely (6:01-268)-One solo tackle…Carimi Offensive Impact-The lineman posted eight key blocks, including one touchdown-resulting block, grading 87% for blocking consistency…The Badgers rushed for 193 yards with one touchdown on 50 carries (3.86 ypc) and generated 436 total yards on 81 snaps (5.38 yards per play), as the front wall allowed no sacks.
Minnesota…Carimi and his blocking mates pounded the Minnesota defense all afternoon, as the ground game scored three times in a 31-28 decision…Teaming with guard John Moffitt on a combo block, QB Scott Tolzien took off on a 47-yard run to the Gophers 5-yard line. Two plays later, Carimi used a cross block around his left guard to open a rush lane used by John Clay for a 1-yard touchdown to conclude a 74-yard, 8-play fourth quarter series that gave Wisconsin a 31-21 lead with 3:00 left on the game clock…In the post-game press conference, Carimi was asked if he thought Minnesota was worn down in the third and fourth quarters and replied, "Yeah, you could tell from their body posture that they were starting to get tired, but those guys have great D-tackles, and they were coming up with the ball still, just as hard. They have great D-tackles here."…On the traditionally close game endings in the Wisconsin/Minnesota rivalry, he said, "It's a rivalry game, and we talked about that. Coach (Bielema) talked to the whole team and said, ‘You always have to respect a rivalry game.' It's always going to be that kind of game, that's just how it always is, so we were always expecting that. We never got out of our element when we were on highs."…Head to Head Competition-DE#97-Anthony Jacobs (6:02-289)-One assisted tackle…Carimi Offensive Impact-The lineman posted nine key blocks, including one touch-down-resulting block and one block down field, grading 91% for blocking consistency… The Badgers rushed for 295 yards with three touchdowns on 49 carries (6.02 ypc) and generated 454 total yards on 75 snaps (6.05 yards per play), as the front wall allowed no sacks.
Ohio State…Carimi was part of the blocking unit that cleared a path for Chris Maragos to take a fake field goal 9 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, but the left tackle also suffered a left shoulder AC joint sprain, as the Badgers lost for the first time in six games…Head to Head Competition-DE#97-Cameron Heyward (6:06-287)-One assisted tackle for a 1-yard loss…Carimi Offensive Impact-The lineman posted five key blocks, including one touchdown-resulting block, grading 83% for blocking consistency…The Badgers rushed for 118 yards with one touchdown on 44 carries (2.68 ypc) and generated 368 total yards on 89 snaps (4.13 yards per play), as the front wall allowed six sacks.
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Iowa…Carimi was not expected to play due to his shoulder injury, but the junior impressed professional scouts as he tried to "gut it out" in the trenches for his seventh starting assignment of the season…Taking on All-American defensive end Adrian Clayborn, the Hawkeye had two stops for loss, including a 4-yard sack of QB Scott Tolzien in the waning moments of the first half.
Purdue…Still limited due to injuries, Carimi battled an All-American defensive end for the third consecutive week…Ryan Kerrigan did register a 4-yard sack in the second quarter, but was run over by Carimi as the left tackle was out in front on a 54-yard scamper by tight end Lance Kendricks on a third quarter reverse. That series would end on the next play, as Carimi's scramble block opened a rush lane for John Clay's 3-yard touchdown run…Head to Head Competition-DE#94-Ryan Kerrigan (6:04-263)-Five tackles (4 solos), one sack for a 4-yard loss…Carimi Offensive Impact-The lineman posted eight key blocks, including one touchdown-resulting block and one block down field, grading 79% for blocking consistency…The Badgers rushed for 266 yards with three touchdowns on 53 carries (5.02 ypc) and generated 381 total yards on 72 snaps (5.29 yards per play), as the front wall allowed three sacks.
Indiana…For the tenth time this season, Carimi recorded a touchdown-resulting block, upending both defensive end Jammie Kirlew and defensive tackle Larry Black to clear out the "B" gap for tailback John Clay's third-&-goal 1-yard touchdown run that finished an 81-yard, 10-play possession…Head to Head Competition-DE#57-Jammie Kirlew (6:03-259)-Two solo tackles…Carimi Offensive Impact-The lineman posted eight key blocks, including one touchdown-resulting block and one block down field, grading 87% for blocking consistency…The Badgers rushed for 294 yards with three touchdowns on 52 carries (5.65 ypc) and generated 488 total yards on 72 snaps (6.78 yards per play), as the front wall allowed no sacks.
Michigan…Carimi had a long afternoon in a 45-24 victory, as defensive end Brandon Graham had an 11-yard sack and a QB pressure over the left side…The left tackle was also called for a pair of holding penalties…He did get some revenge by gaining leverage to ride Graham away from the pocket on Scott Tolzien's 15-yard touchdown toss to Nick Toon at the start of the second half.
Northwestern…For a team known more for its rushing attack, Carimi continued to impress with his pass protection prowess…The junior ended a 54-yard, 8-play fourth quarter drive by flattening linebacker Quentin Davie on a blitz, giving QB Scott Tolzien the protection needed as he fired a 13-yard touchdown pass to tight end Garrett Graham…Head to Head Competition-DE#94-Vince Browne (6:05-266)-Two solo tackles…Carimi Offensive Impact-The lineman posted nine key blocks, including one touchdown-resulting block and one block down field, grading 90% for blocking consistency…The Badgers rushed for 99 yards with one touchdown on 35 carries (2.83 ypc) and generated 334 total yards on 65 snaps (5.14 yards per play), as the front wall allowed three sacks.
Hawaii…Carimi ended the regular season the same way he began it – delivering a pair of touchdown-resulting blocks…The team scored on its first possession for the fifth time in 2009, as their left tackle took down defensive end John Fonoti to spring John Clay for a 2-yard touchdown run that ended a 70-yard, 8-play series…His second level block aided Clay in picking up 34 yards on a second quarter run. On third-&-2, the tailback then followed Carimi into the end zone for a 3-yard score…Head to Head Competition-DE#58-John Fonoti (6:02-257)-Three solo tackles…Carimi Offensive Impact-The lineman posted ten key blocks, including two touchdown-resulting blocks and one block down field, grading 92% for blocking consistency…The Badgers rushed for 301 yards with seven touchdowns on 52 carries (5.79 ypc) and generated 554 total yards on 72 snaps (7.77 yards per play), as the front wall allowed two sacks.
Miami (Champs Sports Bowl)…On the Badgers' third play of the game, a 3-yard carry by tailback John Clay, Carimi suffered a kneecap dislocation. He would undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair his knee (cartilage was hanging off the back of the knee) and was held out of most of 2010 spring camp. The doctors did not find any ligament damage during the surgical procedure.
Sophomore All-American honorable mention by College Football News, adding Academic All-Big Ten Conference honors…Started all ten games he played in at left tackle…Was sidelined for the Penn State, Iowa and Illinois contests after he suffered a knee sprain in the first quarter of the Ohio State clash…Registered 72 knockdowns, eleven touchdown-resulting blocks and three down-field blocks, grading 85.73% for blocking consistency… Allowed just one quarterback sack and one pressure on 333 pass plays…Helped the UW running attack rank 14th in the nation and lead the Big Ten with an average of 211.15 yards per game…The Badgers also averaged 27.46 points and ranked third in the conference with an average of 399.23 yards per game in total offense…Graded at least 90% for blocking in each of the Marshall, Indiana and Cal-Poly games, producing multiple touch-down resulting blocks vs. those three opponents, and vs. Akron, he again graded over 90% (one TD-resulting block) to receive team Player of the Week recognition.
Freshman All-American second-team selection by Rivals.com and The Sporting News, adding honorable mention from College Football News…Also named first-team Freshman All-Big Ten Conference, as he was chosen to the league's All-Academic squad, in addition to being chosen UW's co-Rookie of the Year…Fasted for 24 hours prior to Iowa game on September 22nd in observance of Yom Kippur…Started all thirteen games at left tackle, taking over a position once occupied by two-time All-American and 2006 Outland Trophy recipient, Joe Thomas…The red-shirt freshman registered ten touchdown-resulting blocks and made 88 knockdowns…Played a major role in helping the team rank second in the conference and 21st nationally in rushing (200.77 ypg), place fifth in the league in total offense (408.77 ypg) and finish sixth in the Big Ten in scoring (29.46 ppg).
Red-shirted as freshman…Joined the program as a 270-pound recruit, but showed great promise performing for the scout team, where he was groomed to eventually replaced All-American Joe Thomas at left offensive tackle…Was named the Badgers' Scout Team Player of the Week for his efforts in practice prior to the Western Illinois game.
2008 Season…Suffered a right knee sprain in the first quarter vs. Ohio State (10/04) that forced him to sit out the Penn State (10/11), Iowa (10/18) and Illinois (10/25) contests. 2009 Season….Missed ten days of fall camp after he suffered a right knee sprain in mid-August drills…Was the first of several Wisconsin teammates to be felled by H1N1 symptoms (swine flu) prior to the season opener vs. Northern Illinois (9/05). During the game, he alternated between getting chills and feeling like he was burning up…Suffered a left shoulder sprain (AC joint) vs. Ohio State (10/10) that would limit his wing span range the rest of the schedule…Suffered a kneecap dislocation in the first quarter of the Champs Sports Bowl vs. Miami (12/29)…Would undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair his knee (cartilage was hanging off the back of the knee) and was held out of most of 2010 spring camp. The doctors did not find any ligament damage during the surgical procedure. 2010 Season…Suffered a left leg bruise in the second quarter vs. Indiana (11/13)…Did not complete agility tests at the 2011 NFL Combine due to a left ankle sprain.
5.27 in the 40-yard dash…1.80 10-yard dash…3.02 20-yard dash…4.65 20-yard shuttle… 7.67 three-cone drill…31.5-inch vertical jump…9'1" broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 29 times…35-inch arm length…10 3/8-inch hands…83-inch wingspan.
Attended Monona Grove (Cottage Grove, Wisc.) High School, playing football for head coach Mike Stassi…Two-time All-Badger South Conference selection as an offensive tackle and defensive lineman…Rivals.com rated him the state's third-best player and 30th-best offensive tackle in the nation…Rated the state's sixth-best overall prospect by BadgerStatePreps.com…Added Prep Star and Parade All-American recognition as a senior and was an All-Midwest choice by Super Prep…Lettered four times in both football and track, serving as team captain in both sports as a senior…All-State first-team choice on both sides of the line, in addition to being named the Capital Times and Wisconsin State Journal Player of the Year in 2005…That season, he helped the team capture the Bay South title, compiling a 10-2 record…The Silver Eagles also won the Bay South champion-ship during his junior campaign, ranking eighth in the state with a 13-1 record…At the 2006 Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletics Association track championships, Carimi was one of the University of Wisconsin's incoming football recruits to excel in that meet. He was seeded 15th in the shot put entering the competition, but finished fifth in the event with a toss of 157-8.
Civil Engineering major…Son of Sanford and Alayne Gardner-Carimi...Born Gabriel Carimi (pronounced kuh-REE-mee) on 6/13/88…Resides in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin.
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