USA Today announced its 2016 American Family Insurance All-USA State teams on Wednesday, recognizing the top football players in each state based on “their athletic achievements from the 2016-17 season.”
Wisconsin fans should be excited to see many future Badgers recognized.
Quarterbacks Jack Coan and Danny Vanden Boom were named the offensive player of the year for the states of New York and Wisconsin, respectively.
Coan was named first-team all-state, along with running back Jonathan Taylor (New Jersey), defensive back Madison Cone (North Carolina) and 2018 defensive back Reggie Pearson (Michigan).
In the state of Wisconsin itself, the first-team honorees include a plethora of players who will don the cardinal and white in the future:
- QB Danny Vanden Boom (walk-on)
- RB Hunter Johnson (walk-on)
- TE Jake Ferguson
- OL Logan Bruss
- OL Kayden Lyles
- OL Tyler Beach
- OL Alex Fenton
- DL Aaron Vopal
- DB Trent Ingalls (2018)
- K Collin Larsh (Walk-on)
Menominee Falls defensive lineman and UW walk-on commit Matt Hennigsen was named second-team all-state.