Headlined by first-team selection T.J. Edwards, five players from the Wisconsin Badgers football team earned All-American honors by the Associated Press today.
Edwards was one of five Badgers recognized on the Associated Press All-America squad. A junior inside linebacker, Edwards was joined by second-team picks in freshman RB Jonathan Taylor and senior TE Troy Fumagalli and third-team selections in junior right guard Beau Benzschawel and sophomore right tackle David Edwards.
The University of Wisconsin Badgers football team is headed to the Orange Bowl for the first time where they will face the No. 10 Miami Hurricanes on Dec. 30.
This will be the second consecutive season the Badgers play in a New Year’s Six Bowl. Wisconsin defeated Western Michigan in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl to cap the 2016 season.
The Badgers’ five selections to the AP squad matched the most in school history, a mark set in 2010 when first-teamers Gabe Carimi and John Moffitt, second-team picks Lance Kendricks and J.J. Watt and third-team selection John Clay were named All-Americans by the AP.
T.J. Edwards’ selection by the AP gives the Badgers a first-team All-America linebacker for the third consecutive season and fourth time in the last five years joining Chris Borland (2013), Joe Schobert (2015) and T.J. Watt (2016) on that list.
Taylor, Fumagalli and T.J. Edwards each also earned second-team honors from the Football Writers Association of America.