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Badgers CB Ricardo Hallman named to AP All-American 3rd-team

The Badgers cornerback earned his first AP award on Monday.

Syndication: Journal Sentinel Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / USA TODAY NETWORK

Wisconsin Badgers redshirt sophomore Ricardo Hallman has been named an Associated Press All-American. The Miami native was named to the third team, marking the third consecutive season the Badgers have had an All-American player in the program.

The other Wisconsin players who earned Associated Press All-American honors the past two seasons were outside linebacker Nick Herbig (third team in 2022), inside linebacker Leo Chenal (second team in 2021), and o-lineman Josh Seltzner (third team in 2021).

Hallman, who received Third-Team All-Big Ten recognition from the media this past season, was a lockdown cornerback for the Badgers despite undergoing a sizable schematic change under head coach Luke Fickell.

The 5-foot-10 defensive back finished with 30 tackles along with a conference-leading six interceptions (2nd in the country), five pass deflections, 3.0 TFLs, and a 95-yard pick-6 off Rutgers quarterback Gavin Wimsatt that went for a touchdown.

It’s also worth mentioning that Hallman finished second in the conference in interception return yards (142) and fourth in the entire country.

According to Pro Football Focus, Hallman owned the fourth-best grade among Big Ten cornerbacks who played at least 20% of their team’s snaps, finishing with an 83.0 grade overall. Rico was also targeted by opposing quarterbacks 58 times — giving up 29 catches while allowing just one touchdown in 450 total coverage snaps.

It was a phenomenal season for Ricardo Hallman, who now faces the tough choice of testing the NFL Draft waters, or returning to Madison and running it back for a fourth season with the Wisconsin football program.