Wisconsin got another win a few days after the Orange Bowl. Linebacker T.J. Edwards announced Tuesday that he will be returning for his senior season.
T.J. Edwards will return to Wisconsin for senior season
— T.J. Edwards (@TJEdwards8) January 2, 2018
This was welcomed news for all Wisconsin fans. Edwards was a Butkus Award finalist in 2017 and racked up 81 tackles, 2 sacks and 4 interceptions.
Edwards is passing up his chance to get picked in the 2018 NFL Draft to aid a Badgers defense which should be solid again next season. That’s the vision of Wisconsin defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard, who reacted to Edwards’ return on Tuesday.
“Odds of me looking like a good coordinator again next year are on the rise,” Leonhard tweeted.
Jim Leonhard reacts to T.J. Edwards’ return to Wisconsin
— Jim Leonhard (@jimleonhard) January 2, 2018
Leonhard, 35, just wrapped up his first year as Wisconsin’s defensive coordinator. And despite some rumors about him considering a move to Florida State, Leonhard will be in charge of the Badgers’ defense again in 2018.
Wisconsin, which finished the season at 13-1 and won the Orange Bowl, led the Big Ten in scoring defense (13.9 points per game) and total defense (262.1 yards per game).