MADISON, Wis. – Here are the award winners from Wisconsin’s annual team banquet on Friday night.
A rarity for Wisconsin that was still completely deserved, sophomore Jonathan Taylor took home the team’s MVP award. How rare is it for a sophomore to win this award? According to the State Journal’s Jason Galloway, Taylor is just the third sophomore to win the annual award that has been given out since 1926. The others were Clarence Esser in 1944 and Robert “Red” Wilson in 1947.
In an effort to spread around the hardware, Wisconsin awards its other two All-Americans in senior right guard Beau Benzschawel and left guard Michael Deiter as co-offensive players of the year. Benzschawel and Deiter have started a combined 101 straight games for UW since 2015. Deiter’s 53 starts set a new program record.
It’s hard to discount the impact of Alec Ingold. The fullback only had 26 touches for 225 yards this season but scored six touchdowns, averaging a score every 4.3 times he touched the ball. He also opened up some big lanes for Jonathan Taylor to rush for nearly 2,000 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Stepping into the shoes of graduated senior Troy Fumgalli, Jake Ferguson was the easy choice for offensive rookie of the year. The redshirt freshman enters the bowl game ranked second on the team in catches (34), receiving yards (441) and receiving touchdowns (4).