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Edwards named Big Ten Freshman of the Week

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MADISON, Wis. - Freshman inside linebacker T.J. Edwards led the way for a strong defensive performance that helped Wisconsin trump Purdue 24-7 on Saturday and earned him Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors, the conference announced Monday.

Edwards filled up the stat sheet against the Boilermakers, tallying a team-high 16 tackles, 1.5 TFLs and his first forced fumble. He set his career-high marks in both tackles and TFLs. The performance marked his second game with double-digit tackles, along with the 12 he logged against Alabama in his college debut.

Edwards was a key contributor to a Badgers defense that held Purdue to a season-low 191 total yards of offense. Edwards’ forced fumble at the Purdue 43-yard line led to a fumble recovery by Tanner McEvoy and helped seal the Badgers’ victory.

The Lake Villa, Illinois, native has recorded 54 tackles on the season, including 26 solo tackles. He also has posted 3.0 TFLs and two pass breakups.

This marks the second Freshman of the Week accolade for the Badgers this season after Taiwan Deal claimed the honor on Sept. 28.

That matches the second-most Freshman of the Week honors in a season for the Badgers, who also saw RB Corey Clement earn a pair of awards in 2013. UW’s record for Freshman of the Week honors is four, set in 2010 when RB James White became a four-time honoree.

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