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Wisconsin football: OLB Joe Schobert named Walter Camp second-team All-American

The former walk-on continues his impressive 2015 season, again an All-American.

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Honors continue to be bestowed upon Wisconsin outside linebacker Joe Schobert.

The 6'2, 236-pound senior was named to the Walter Camp All-America second team on Thursday. This latest honor comes just over a week since he earned the Butkus-Fitzgerald Big Ten Linebacker of the Year award after recording 18.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks during the 2015 regular season. Those place him seventh and 11th in the nation in those respective statistics.

He leads the Badgers in those categories, as well as forced fumbles (5) and quarterback hurries (14), while second on the team in tackles (78).

Schobert, a former walk-on, joins four other Wisconsin linebackers in school history to earn All-American honors. Chris Borland most recently earned the distinction in both 2011 and 2013.

The Waukesha, Wis., native was also named to the USA Today All-America second team on Tuesday, and has earned consensus first team All-Big Ten honors last week, and was a Burlsworth Trophy semi-finalist -- given to "most outstanding football player in America who began his career as a walk-on."

Here's the official press release from the Wisconsin athletic department:

Schobert earns Walter Camp All-America nod

Big Ten Linebacker of the Year adds national honor as second-team All-American

Dec. 10, 2015

MADISON, Wis. - The Big Ten's best linebacker has been named one of the nation's best, as well.

Wisconsin OLB Joe Schobert earned a place on the Walter Camp All-America second team on Thursday, the latest honor for the Badgers' senior pass rusher. The honor comes on the heels of Schobert being named Butkus-Fitzgerald Big Ten Linebacker of the Year and a first-team All-Big Ten selection.

Schobert is just the fifth linebacker in school history to earn All-America honors, joining Hal Faverty and Deral Teteak of the famed "Hard Rocks" defense in 1951, Ken Criter in 1968 and Chris Borland in 2011 and 2013.

Schobert has tallied 18.5 tackles for loss on the season, ranking in a tie for No. 7 nationally and third among Big Ten players. His 9.5 sacks rank him in a tie for 11th nationally and third in the conference.

The Waukesha native also has tied UW's single-season record for forced fumbles with five, a total that ranks him No. 2 nationally this season. He grabbed the first interception of his career this season and has recorded 14 quarterback hurries.

Schobert is joined on the Walter Camp All-America second team by Missouri's Kentrell Brothers and Ohio State's Raekwon McMillan. The first team linebackers are Alabama's Reggie Ragland, Notre Dame's Jaylon Smith and Temple's Tyler Matakevich.

Thursday's announcement marked the 126th edition of the Walter Camp All-America team, which is the nation's oldest.

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