Wisconsin Badger redshirt junior linebacker Vince Biegel is upset after being named third-team All-Big Ten. Biegel called it a “Slap in the face”.
Biegel said, “For what I put in every single day, for what I do in the off-season, how I go about my business, to be named third team was a slap in the face to me.”
“I’m going to do what I do and use that as motivation and a chip on my shoulder. No disrespect or nothing taken away from the linebackers ahead of me but that is noted in my book.”
Biegel’s statistics are similar to those of teammate Joe Schobert who was named the Big Ten’s top linebacker.
Schobert’s 9.5 sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss is tops on the Badger defense. Biegel is second in both of those categories with eight sacks and 14 tackles for loss. Schobert says Biegel is better than a third-team pick.
Like Schobert, Biegel played a big role in helping Wisconsin finish the regular season ranked number-one in the nation in scoring defense, allowing an average of 13.1 points a game.
Biegel is still evaluating whether to enter the 2016 NFL draft or return to Wisconsin for his final season. He expects to announce his plans right around the time the Badgers face USC in the December 30th Holiday Bowl. For now, his focus is on that game as the Badgers are tasked with holding down the nations 30th ranked scoring offense (34.9 ppg).
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