Carimi was honored Thursday night during the College Football Awards Show at Disney World.

The other finalists were Florida State guard Rodney Hudson and Colorado offensive tackle Nate Solder.

“It is truly a dream come true,” Carimi said during the ceremony. “And I just want to thank my whole Badger family because without them I wouldn’t be here right now.”

Offensive tackle Joe Thomas is UW’s only other Outland Trophy winner. Thomas, a three-year starter at left tackle from Brookfield Central High School, won the award as a senior in 2006. He was drafted in the first round by the Cleveland Browns and has been a starter there ever since.

“It’s kind of awkward actually,” Carimi said about earning the Outland. “I just want to give a shout-out to my whole offensive line watching back home.

“They made me a better player and my left guard, John Moffitt...I just want to thank them for everything they’ve done for me.”

Carimi’s father, Sanford, is a doctor of internal medicine at Mercy Clinic East in Janesville.

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