Spring breakout player: Wisconsin Badgers


With spring practice in the rear view, we're taking a look at one player on each Big Team who had a breakout spring and who looks ready to take on a bigger role when the football starts to matter this fall.

Last in the series but certainly not least: Wisconsin.

Spring breakout player: LB T.J. Edwards

Inside linebacker was a question mark heading into spring practice after the graduation of highly-productive starters Marcus Trotter and Derek Landisch. Edwards helped calm some of those concerns with his play, especially in the second half of spring ball.

The redshirt freshman grew more comfortable in his role as spring went on and finished with nine tackles and a sack in last week's spring game. He had three interceptions in the final week of practices.

"T.J.'s done a nice job," Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said last week. "I've loved the way he's approached it. He's had some things that he's done well, so it gives him confidence. I think he's building on that."

The 6-foot-1, 229-pounder from Lake Villa, Illinois solidified a starting job inside this spring, along with junior Leon Jacobs, who also had a big spring game. Both guys have shown a little more quickness and athleticism than predecessors Landisch and Trotter. Time will tell if they can replace all those guys did on the field for Dave Aranda's defense, but their performance this spring provided reason for optimism.