Oct 22, 2022; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers safety John Torchio (15) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Purdue Boilermakers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin Badgers S John Torchio reveals plans for 2023

Wisconsin Badgers S John Torchio reveals plans for 2023

Madison, Wis. – According to a report from Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin Badgers starting safety John Torchio plans to move on from the program at year’s end instead of using his extra season of eligibility in 2023.

‘The Jewelry Thief,’ as nicknamed by his teammates, has an additional year of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic; however, after careful consideration, he’s decided this season will be his last in the cardinal and white.

The 6-foot-1, 212-pound safety, who is among the most experienced players on defense, has started nine games this season, registering 44 tackles, five interceptions, five pass deflections, three- pressures, two touchdowns, and one sack.

Torchio, a Chuck Bednarik Award finalist, is currently the highest-graded player on the Wisconsin Badgers defense (87.0) and has the highest coverage grade on the team (90.2), according to Pro Football Focus.

Looking forward

As it stands, the Badgers have a decent amount of depth at the safety position, which is surprising considering where things stood at the end of spring practice. Players like Hunter Wohler, Kamo’i Latu, Austin Brown, and even Preston Zachman have each earned the right to see the field.

Without Torchio in the fold next season, Wisconsin will undoubtedly rely on the host of talented young players returning in 2023 to fill out the two-deep.

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