Badgers football: Five Wisconsin players earn AP All-American honors

December 11, 2017 GMT

Five University of Wisconsin players earned All-American honors by the Associated Press on Monday, the most since 2010.

Inside linebacker T.J. Edwards earned the Badgers’ only first-team selection. Running back Jonathan Taylor and tight end Troy Fumagalli were named to the second team, while right tackle David Edwards and right guard Beau Benzschawel were third-team selections.

Edwards recorded 75 tackles, 11 for a loss, two sacks, four interceptions and one touchdown for a defense that ranked at or near the top of nearly all major statistical categories this season.

He’s the first UW defensive player to earn first-team honors by the AP since defensive end Erasmus James in 2004. Outside linebackers T.J. Watt and Joe Schobert were second-team selections the past two years.

Taylor, a true freshman who finished sixth in Heisman Trophy voting, ranks third nationally with 1,847 rushing yards and has scored 13 touchdowns this season. Fumagalli caught 43 passes for 516 yards and four scores.

Edwards and Benzschawel both started all 13 games on the right side of a Badgers offensive line that paved the way for Taylor’s breakout season.

Fumagalli also accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl on Monday, a postseason All-Star game set for Jan. 27 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.