Erickson leads Badgers’ All-Big Ten honorees on offense

This season Alex Erickson has averaged 77.0 receiving yards per game, ranking third-best in the Big Ten.

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Led by first-team all-conference selection Alex Erickson, Wisconsin’s football squad on Tuesday added a pair of honorees from its offense to the team’s list of players earning All-Big Ten recognition.

Badgers defenders also honored by Big Ten

Erickson, a receiver, was named first-team All-Big Ten by the league’s media members and was a second-teamer as seen by the league’s coaches. Erickson was joined on the list of All-Big Ten honorees by senior left tackle Tyler Marz, who was a second-team pick by the media and a third-teamer by the coaches.

Erickson has averaged 77.0 receiving yards per game, ranking third-best in the Big Ten. He leads the team with 924 receiving yards. Among Big Ten players, only Michigan State’s Aaron Burbridge (75) has caught more passes than Erickson, who has hauled in 72 grabs this season.

Both of Wisconsin’s first-team All-Big Ten honorees began their careers as walk-ons. In addition to Erickson, senior outside linebacker Joe Schobert was a consensus first-team selection on defense in addition to being named the league’s Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year.

Marz served as the anchor of Wisconsin’s offensive line this season. He has started 39 straight games at left tackle, dating back to 2013, and will play in the 50th game of his collegiate career in Wisconsin’s bowl game. Marz is also expected to earn his fourth Academic All-Big Ten award.

Also on Tuesday, sophomore tight end Troy Fumagalli earned consensus honorable mention All-Big Ten recognition after finishing the regular season as Wisconsin’s fourth-leading receiver, with 26 catches for 277 yards and a touchdown. Redshirt freshman offensive lineman Michael Deiter, who has started all 12 games this season, earned honorable mention from the media.

Including the defensive players named Monday, the Badgers produced a total of 12 All-Big Ten honorees.