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 Football: Torchio Named Semi-finalist for Prestigious Award

Wisconsin Badgers safety John Torchio has been named as a semi-finalist for a prestigious defensive award.

The Maxwell Football Club released its semi-finalists for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards. The Bednarik award is presented to the best defensive player in the nation, and Torchio made the list.

Wisconsin Badgers Safety John Torchio Named Bednarik Award Semifinalist

The Bednarik Award semifinalists feature 15 standout players on the defensive side. Torchio is joined by other five other Big Ten players on the list. Those players include Jer’Zhan Newton and Devon Witherspoon out of Illinois, Jack Campbell from Iowa, Tommy Eichenberg from Ohio State, and Joey Porter Jr. from Penn State.

The Badgers’ safety faces a tough battle against some spectacular defensive players. However, Torchio has had a season to remember in his senior year.

The 6-foot-1, 212-pound safety has totaled 42 tackles in eight games, the second most on the team. Additionally, Torchio has tied for the most interceptions in college football with five, two of which he returned for touchdowns. Also, he has registered ten pass breakups in the safety position.

Torchio earned the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Purdue. In that game, he registered ten tackles, two interceptions, and a touchdown.

In short, Torchio has been spectacular for Wisconsin this season. He has now received recognition from the Maxwell Football Club for his performance in 2022.

The Badgers will take on the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday as Torchio looks to continue his high level of play.

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