The Tim Krumrie Award
is given annually to the state's top senior defensive lineman as part of the WSN Senior Football Awards presented by Taco Bell. The award is named after Tim Krumrie, a former Mondovi and University of Wisconsin athlete who would go on to star in the NFL for 12 seasons, including two Pro Bowl appearances.
The pre-season watch list was trimmed down to 25 semi-finalists, and five finalists for the award have now been selected. Winners are announced the week of the state finals.
Tim Krumrie Award Finalists:
Garett Cary, Big Foot
– Cary has been a starter for the Chieftains since his freshman year when he was part of the 2009 Division 4 state title team. A two-way standout, he was a WFCA First Team All-Conference selection at defensive end last season. “He is an absolute force that has played about every position on the line as we move him around so teams cannot run away from him,” said Big Foot coach Rodney Wedig. “He is one of the few players I have seen that can take over a game from the defensive line position.” Cary holds the single-season school record for sacks with 9 and the career mark of 18.5. As a senior he's totaled 58 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, and 6 sacks. It's no wonder he has scholarship offers from North Dakota and Illinois State.
Alec James, Brookfield East
– Perhaps the most athletic defensive players in the state, James has terrorized opposing quarterbacks this season. He has recorded 67 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, and 4 forced fumbles for the unbeaten Spartans. “Alec is not just the best defensive lineman I have ever coached but he is the best football player I have ever coached,” veteran head coach Tom Swittel said. “He was an All State player last year which means every team we played schemed to stop him and no one did.” James has a size and speed combination that is hard to match, which creates incredible match-up problems for the opposition. He chose Wisconsin over more than a dozen offers from some of the top programs in the country.
Chikwe Obasih, Brookfield Central
– Obasih is a versatile defender who can move all over the line to create mismatches with opposing offenses. A Wisconsin commit, he recorded 81 tackles this season, including 21 for loss. Rushing often from the interior defensive line, he registered 3 sacks for head coach Jamie Meulemans. “Chikwe has tremendous strength and speed,” explained Meulemans. “He is the heart and soul of our defense.”
Kenneth Reid, Wisconsin Lutheran
– Reid is a two-way standout for head coach Kirk DeNoyer and the Vikings. He helped Wisco to the Division 2 title game last year and was a WFCA First Team All-State selection along the way. His combination of strength and explosive ability allows him to create havoc on the interior of the defensive line.
Adam Wachowiak, Stevens Point
– Few players go as hard for 48 minutes as Wachowiak, who is relentless on the interior of head coach Pete McAdams' defense. “He is strong, explosive, and quick,” McAdams said. “He truly loves football.” The VFA-South Defensive Player of the Year as a senior, Wachowiak racked up 71 tackles this season, including 25 tackles for loss. He added 10 sacks as well for the conference co-champs. “He has had a huge impact on our team's success,” added McAdams.