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Nov 12, 2022; Iowa City, Iowa, USA; Wisconsin Badgers linebacker Nick Herbig (19) reacts after a sack against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the second quarter at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin’s season didn’t turn out as hoped – in so many ways – but one player played to expectations: Linebacker Nick Herbig.

On Tuesday, Herbig was tabbed a consensus first-team All-Big Ten defensive selection. Playing in 11 games – really 10 1/2 as he had to sit out the first half of the Badgers’ season finale vs. Minnesota due to a targeting penalty – Herbig has recorded 47 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, two forced fumbles and two passes broken up.

The junior led the Big Ten in both sacks and TFL and finished fourth in the nation in sacks and third in sacks per game (1.0) and 13th in TFL and 11th in TFL per game (1.41). He currently is seventh on Wisconsin’s all-time single-season list in sacks and eight in TFL.

Senior safety John Torchio was also named to the first team by the media. His five interceptions are tied for second most in FBS. He also had 52 tackles, five PBU, 2.5 TFL and a sack. Interestingly, Torchio, nicknamed “The Jewelry Thief,” wasn't even named honorable mention by the coaches.

No Badgers were named to the second team by either the coaches or media.

Defensive lineman Keeanu Benton and linebacker Maema Njongmeta were third-team selections; Benton by the coaches and Njongmeta by the media.

Benton has 42 tackles this season with 10 TFL and 4.5 sacks – the latter two are the most by a Badgers defensive lineman since the team moved to a 3-4 defense in 2013 while his TFL are the first time a Wisconsin DL has reached double digits since J.J. Watt in 2010.

Njongmeta leads Wisconsin in tackles with 88 and is second in TFL with 10.5. He also has 3.5 sacks, an interceptions, a pass broken up and five QB hurries.

Njongmeta was also an honorable mention selection by the coaches.

Tabbed honorable mention by the media were Benton and linebackers C.J. Goetz and Jordan Turner.

Isaac Guerendo was a consensus honorable mention pick for special teams.

The All-Big Ten offensive teams will be announced Wednesday.