It has been over a week since the Wisconsin Badgers ended their 2017 season on a winning note, but the recognition keeps coming for their talented student-athletes.
The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) named Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor and center Tyler Biadasz to its Freshman All-America Team on Monday.
According to UW, it was the first time in the history of the football program that multiple players were named to this distinction by the FWAA.
These are not the first honors claimed by both players this season, however, as both were instrumental to Wisconsin’s 13-1 season and a second-straight New Year’s Six Bowl win.
For Taylor, that is just another tip of the cap for an amazing true freshman season where he ran for nearly 2,000 yards (1,977) and scored 13 rushing touchdowns. He earned second-team All-America honors from the likes of eight publications and websites on way to being named a Doak Walker Award finalist, Maxwell Award semifinalist and Walter Camp Player of the Year Award semifinalist.
Previously, Taylor also earned Freshman All-America honors from ESPN and USA Today while claiming consensus first-team All-Big Ten selections and the conference’s freshman of the year award.
Biadasz, a redshirt freshman, played in all 14 games for the Badgers and earned Freshman All-America (USA Today) and consensus third-team All-Big Ten selections as well.
Wisconsin averaged 222.9 yards on the ground, second in the Big Ten to Ohio State, while tying Rutgers for least sacks allowed per game (1.5) in the conference.