MADISON — Jonathan Taylor may be focused on the start of his NFL career, but he continues to rack up honors for what he did in the college ranks.
After a stellar career in the University of Wisconsin backfield, Taylor was named to the Big Ten Network’s All-Decade Team on Monday, the first day of a week-long reveal of the roster. Taylor and Penn State alum and current New York Giants tailback Saquon Barkley were the two running backs named to the team.
Taylor won the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top running back in his sophomore and junior seasons at Wisconsin, joining Texas’ Ricky Williams and Arkansas’ Darren McFadden as the only two-time winners. He amassed 6,174 career rushing yards, good for sixth all-time in the Football Bowl Subdivision and second-most in Big Ten history behind only Badgers legend Ron Dayne.
Taylor is the only college player to post 6,000 or more rushing yards in three seasons. He led the nation in total touchdowns with 26 as a junior, including 21 rushing.
“It’s crazy to think about,” Taylor said in December when reflecting on his college career. “You go through the years, you think about the guys that you’ve been around that helped you along the way. You think about how you got so lucky to be around a bunch of guys to help you.”
The Indianapolis Colts traded up in the second round of the NFL Draft to take Taylor with the ninth pick of the round and 41st overall in the draft. Taylor was the first Wisconsin running back to be drafted since Melvin Gordon in 2015.
The BTN All-Decade team was voted on by a panel of 24 writers and analysts. The team’s linebackers will be announced later on Monday. The team’s offensive line (Tuesday); tight ends and defensive backs (Wednesday); wide receivers and defensive line (Thursday); quarterback, specialists, all-purpose player and coach (Friday) will be announced later this week.
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