Junior linebacker T.J. Edwards will return to Madison to play his senior year, he announced on Twitter. By doing so, he will be passing up a chance at the 2018 NFL Draft. Edwards played a crucial role in the Badgers’ 13-1 season, racking up 53 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, two sacks, four interceptions, seven passes defended, and one touchdown. The monster season for T.J. Edwards padded his impressive stats of 142 tackles, five sacks, and seven interceptions. Edwards has also started in 37 of the 38 games he’s played.
In a tweet early Tuesday morning, Edwards wrote: “I couldn’t be more excited for my senior season at Wisconsin! This program means the world to me and I can’t wait to get back to work to finish what we started.”
Edwards will play another key role in a Badgers defense that will be losing a laundry list of seniors. Some include outside linebackers Garrett Dooley and Leon Jacobs, cornerback Derrick Tindal, free safety Natrell Jamerson, strong safety Joe Ferguson, and defensive end Connor Sheehy.
The Wisconsin Badgers football team made a statement this season, winning 13 games for the first time in program history. Next season, they will look to capitalize on their successes from 2017 with the help of Edwards.