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Wisconsin football: Leo Chenal is Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week

Well, duh.

Syndication: Journal-Courier Nikos Frazier / Journal & Courier / USA TODAY NETWORK

It was kind of interesting to see Wisconsin Badgers ILB Leo Chenal not receive any national recognition for his 17 tackle game against Army last week, but he has forced everyone to notice him this week. An integral piece in Wisconsin’s win over No. 25 Purdue on Saturday, Chenal was named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week for his performance.

Chenal recorded nine tackles (eight solo), including 5.5 for losses, and a career-best 3.5 quarterback sacks against the Boilermakers. He was everywhere on the field and forced Purdue to alter their game plan.

On the season, Chenal, who missed the first two games of the season due to COVID, has 51 tackles (30 solo), 9.5 TFL, 5.0 sacks and two forced fumbles.

Chenal is the seventh Wisconsin player to earn Walter Camp National Player of Week honors, and the first since former Badger, and current Philadelphia Eagles, linebacker T.J. Edwards (Nov. 29, 2017). Wake Forest QB Sam Hartman was the Offensive Player of the Week after accounting for six TDs in their win over Army.