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Wisconsin ILB T.J. Edwards named first-team SB Nation All-American, other Badgers honored

Six Badgers in total were honored.

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Wisconsin Badgers redshirt junior inside linebacker T.J. Edwards earned a first-team All-America selection by SB Nation, which was released on Tuesday morning.

True freshman running back Jonathan Taylor also claimed a second-team selection, with four other Badgers named as honorable mentions.

Edwards earned consensus first-team All-Big Ten honors as well after tying for the team lead in interceptions (four) and for second in tackles for loss (11) with fellow inside linebacker Ryan Connelly. The 6’1, 244-pound backer recorded 75 tackles this season (50 solo, 25 assisted), trailing just Connelly for the team lead.

Taylor has rushed for 1,847 yards, the third-most by a freshman in FBS history, on 6.8 yards per carry. He needs just 78 yards to surpass Adrian Peterson to hold that record when Wisconsin (12–1) takes on Miami (10–2) in the Capital One Orange Bowl on Dec. 30. The Doak Walker Award finalist also gained 1,000 yards in his seventh game, which tied the FBS record for fewest games to that mark by a freshman, which was held by Emmitt Smith, Marshall Faulk, Peterson, Jamario Thomas, and P.J. Hill.

Here is the full list of Wisconsin players represented on the 2017 SB Nation All-America list:

First-team All-America

  • Inside linebacker T.J. Edwards

Second-team All-America

  • Running back Jonathan Taylor

Honorable mention

  • Tight end Troy Fumagalli
  • Offensive tackle David Edwards
  • Offensive guard Beau Benzschawel
  • Cornerback Nick Nelson