Wisconsin senior outside linebacker Joe Schobert has accepted an invitation to play in the 2016 Reese's Senior Bowl.
The Senior Bowl's official Twitter handle confirmed on Tuesday the former walk-on will play against fellow seniors on Jan. 30 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., in front of dozens of NFL personnel to improve his draft stock. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m. CT on Jan. 30 and will be broadcast on the NFL Network.
Schobert has emerged as a leader of a defense that leads the FBS in scoring defense, only allowing 12.4 points per game, while also giving up the fewest touchdowns in the nation (16).
Through 11 games this season, the Waukesha, Wis. native is tied for third in the nation in tackles for loss with 18.5 tied, and tied for eighth in the nation with sacks with 9.5. He leads the team in both of those categories, as well as quarterback hurries (14) and forced fumbles (4). He only trails redshirt freshman T.J. Edwards for second on the team in tackles with 71.
The 6'2, 236-pound Schobert is also a semifinalist for the Bednarik and Lombardi awards, along with being named a semifinalist for the Burlsworth Trophy for the top player in the nation that started his collegiate career as a walk-on.