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Troy Fumagalli, Jack Cichy, T.J. Edwards to represent Wisconsin at Big Ten media days

The Badgers’ next crop of leaders will join Paul Chryst in Chicago.

Two former walk-ons and the leading tackler the past two seasons will represent the Wisconsin Badgers in just under two weeks.

The Big Ten conference announced on Tuesday the 42 student-athletes who will be present at its football media days event from July 24-25 in Chicago. Wisconsin standouts Jack Cichy, Troy Fumagalli, and T.J. Edwards will represent the program at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place and Convention Center in the Windy City.

Recovered from a pectoral injury that sidelined him late at Iowa for the rest of 2016, Cichy still locked in 60 tackles (tied for fourth on the team), seven for loss (tied for third last season). Along with being named on the watch lists for the this year’s Lott IMPACT Trophy and the Bednarik Award, the former walk-on from Somerset, Wis., received honorable mention all-conference honors last season despite missing six games.

The hype for Fumagalli’s redshirt senior season has taken off. Recently named a preseason first-team All-American by Athlon Sports, the former walk-on led the team in receptions (47) a year ago on the way to all-conference honors (second-team All-Big Ten by coaches, third-team by media). He also was named the Cotton Bowl offensive MVP after reeling in six catches for 83 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown in UW’s 24-16 win over Western Michigan.

Named in that same New Year Six Bowl’s win as the defensive MVP, Edwards racked up 89 tackles with 8.5 for loss, three sacks, and three interceptions last season. A consensus all-conference honorable mention last year, the Lake Villa, Ill., native has played in 26 games (25 starts) the past two seasons, leading the team in tackles in each.

Here’s the full list of players from each Big Ten program who will attend media days. Missing are some of the more intriguing players from the Big Ten, including quarterbacks J.T. Barrett (Ohio State) and Trace McSorley (Penn State), along with running back Saquon Barkley (Penn State).



Rashard Fant, Sr., CB*

Richard Lagow, Sr., QB*

Tegray Scales, Sr., LB*


Jermaine Carter Jr., Sr., LB*

Ty Johnson, Jr., RB

D.J. Moore, Jr., WR


Mason Cole, Sr., OL*

Maurice Hurst, Sr., DT

Mike McCray, Sr., LB*


Brian Allen, Sr., OL*

Chris Frey, Sr., LB

Gerald Holmes, Sr., RB


Tyquan Lewis, Sr., DE*

Billy Price, Sr., C*

Chris Worley, Sr., LB


Marcus Allen, Sr., S*

Jason Cabinda, Sr., LB*

Mike Gesicki, Sr., TE*


Blessuan Austin, Jr., CB

Sebastian Joseph, Sr., DL

Dorian Miller, Sr., OL



Christian DiLauro, Sr., OL

Jaylen Dunlap, Sr., DB

Malik Turner, Sr., WR


Josey Jewell, Sr., MLB*

Matt VandeBerg, Sr., WR

Sean Welsh, Sr., OL*


Jonathan Celestin, Sr., LB*

Steven Richardson, Sr., DT*

Rodney Smith, Jr., RB*


Chris Jones, Sr., CB*

Tanner Lee, Jr., QB

Chris Weber, Sr., LB


Godwin Igwebuike, Sr., S*

Justin Jackson, Sr., RB*

Clayton Thorson, Jr., QB*


Ja’Whaun Bentley, Sr., LB

David Blough, Jr., QB*

Danny Ezechukwu, Sr., LB


Jack Cichy, Sr., LB*

T.J. Edwards, Jr., LB*

Troy Fumagalli, Sr., TE*

* indicates 2016 all-conference selections and honorable mentions