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Troy Fumagalli receives more preseason All-American hype

Also, another Badger is now on scholarship.

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UPDATE, 12:28 p.m. CDT: A UW official confirmed to B5Q that P.J. Rosowski is now on scholarship. We’ve updated the story to reflect that confirmation.

Let the hype flow for Troy Fumagalli.

Fumagalli, the former walk-on turned prolific tight end and current Wisconsin Badgers team captain, landed preseason first-team All-America honors from ESPN on Thursday.

That makes three first-team nods for the 6’6, 248-pounder before an offensive snap of the 2017 season, as both Athlon Sports and Sports Illustrated also named Fumagalli to their respective lists this summer.

Fumagalli, who led the Badgers with 47 receptions last season, also recently received second-team honors from the Associated Press and Pro Football Focus.

It hasn’t been just Fumagalli receiving love, as right guard Beau Benzschawel also garnered preseason first-team All-America honors from USA Today and offensive lineman Michael Deiter received a third-team nod from Pro Football Focus... despite his name being misspelled and his position being mislabeled.

P.J. Rosowski put on scholarship

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Jeff Potrykus reported on Wednesday night that punter/kickoff specialist P.J. Rosowski has earned a scholarship. A UW official confirmed the news to B5Q on Thursday.

It’s much deserved for Rosowski, who recorded touchbacks on 64.6 percent of his kickoffs (51 of 79) in 14 games last season. That mark placed him No. 15 in the nation and No. 2 in the Big Ten.

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