There is going to be a great deal of change for the Wisconsin Badgers football team. While this is both exciting and uncertain, it is good to acknowledge the accomplishments of individuals from this year’s team. Despite a down year, going 6-6, the Badgers defense was still among one of the best in the nation. This season, the Badgers defense was the 13th ranked total defense in the country and allowed just 4.81 yards per play. Accordingly, two of their best players were named First-Team All-Big Ten.
Linebacker Nick Herbig
Junior linebacker Nick Herbig had another stellar season for the Wisconsin Badgers. Herbig led the Big Ten in tackles for loss (15.5) and sacks (11.0). He was one of just five unanimous picks for First-Team All-Big Ten. This is the second straight season in which Herbig displayed such acumen in the opponents’ backfield. In 2021, Herbig had 14.5 tackles for loss and 9.0 sacks.
Herbig has not released any kind of statement indicating that he would transfer or enter the NFL Draft.
Safety John Torchio
The second Wisconsin Badgers defensive player named First-Team All-Big Ten was senior safety John Torchio. He was second in the Big Ten with five interceptions and led the conference with two pick-sixes. One of his touchdowns was on a pass that he returned 100 yards. His five interceptions in 2022 were more than he had in his first three seasons combined.
Two Badgers Named Second-Team All-Big Ten
In addition to Herbig and Torchio, two Badgers players were named Second-Team All-Big Ten. Running back Braelon Allen got the nod on offense, and Keeanu Benton got the honor on defense.