Wisconsin Badgers Running Back John Clay Named Playboy All-American

Ryne EberleContributor IIJune 11, 2010

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 10:  Running back John Clay #32 of the Wisconsin Badgers hops away from the grasp of Ross Homan #51 of the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on October 10, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

Amidst the numerous pre-season All American teams named each year, there may be one team that everyone would like to be on: The Playboy All-American Team.

Junior Badger running back John Clay has been named to the magazine's All-American squad after a stellar 2009 campaign that resulted in conference-leading totals in yards (1,517) and touchdowns (18).

The Big 10 Offensive Player of the Year didn't only rank among the conference's finest, but nationally as well after Clay finished eighth in yards and 12th in touchdowns.

Numerous other Badgers have been named to other pre-season teams and watch lists, which should be a pretty good sign that UW will have successful outing in 2010.

Part of the success will be due to Clay's bruising-yet-elusive running style, complemented by shiftier backs Montee Ball and Zach Brown.

The running game will keep the Badgers moving downfield behind a strong offensive line, which is almost a tradition for the team after having past lineman such as Joe Thomas and current anchors like Gabe Carimi.

Thomas was the most recent Badger other than clay to be named to the Playboy team, which was in 2006 alongside other current NFL stars such as Adrian Peterson (Vikings) and Patrick Willis (49'ers).

The Playboy All-American Team has been selected each year since 1956, and is part of the the magazine's "Pigskin Preview" issue.