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Blugold Hall of Fame
Cary Osborn

Osborn was one of the key cogs in an explosive offense brought in by Jim Lind when he replaced Link Walker in 1987. Osborn was a versatile running back who set a school single season scoring record as a freshman with 108 points and finished his career with a school-record 330 points. He still ranks third and second, respectively, in those two categories.

During 40 consecutive starts, Osborn rushed 729 times for 3,262 yards, an average of 4.5 yards per carry, and scored 48 touchdowns. He also caught 122 passes for 1,319 yards and seven touchdowns. As a punt returner, he averaged 7.5 yards for 61 returns. He still ranks among the career leaders in rushing (3rd), receptions (7th), receiving yards (16th), total offense (13th) and points scored (2nd).

Twice during his career, he scored four TDs in a game and three times he had a trifecta. He once rushed for 224 yards in a single game and once caught 12 passes for 179 yards in a game, both among the best single game efforts in school history.

Osborn was a team co-captain and the Blugold MVP in 1990. He was a two-year All-Conference first team pick after being named to the All-WSUC second team twice.

Osborn also was a reserve on the 1987-88 Blugold basketball team.

A finance major, Osborn currently works in real estate development and property management as the CEO at AHMC Asset Management in Eau Claire. He was one of the key players on the Carson Park Turf Committee which allowed UW-Eau Claire to become the first WIAC football program to have the modern "Field Turf" synthetic grass installed on its home field in 2004. He was also one of four individuals who formed an investment group that ultimately attracted 34 local investors to purchase and preserve the Wild Ridge and Mill Run golf courses in Eau Claire.

While doing all of this, Osborn has been a Blugold assistant coach since 1998, serving Bob Nielson, Todd Hoffner and Todd Glaser, and helping the Blugolds win two conference championships and make two NCAA playoff appearances. He has served as running backs coach, head JV coach, special teams coordinator, offensive coordinator and currently as quarterback coach.

A native of Augusta, Osborn has two sons, Cody, age 10, and Cade, age 8.

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