Seven Badgers honored as preseason All-Americans

Athlon Sports released its 2018 preseason All-America team this week and Wisconsin was heavily represented.

The Badgers placed seven players on either the first, second, third, or fourth teams according to Athlon. That number was more than any other school in the country.


Running back Jonathan Taylor and offensive tackle David Edwards both were named to the first-team, offensive lineman Beau Benzschawel, linebacker T.J. Edwards, and safety D’Cota Dixon were all recognized on the second-team, and offensive lineman Michael Deiter was placed on the third-team, and kicker Rafael Gaglianone was selected to the fourth-team.

The Big Ten had the most selections as a conference with 22. Thirteen of those selections were from either Wisconsin or Ohio State, as those two schools had the two highest number of selections in the country. Michigan was next with five selections, and Penn State, Nebraska, Michigan State, and Iowa all had one player selected.

The full list of Athlon 2018 preseason All-Americans can be found here.