MADISON, Wis. – Jonathan Taylor and two of the linemen key to his success earned All-America laurels Monday with the naming of honorees by the Associated Press and Football Writers Association of America.
Taylor was named a first-team All-American by both the AP and FWAA, with Beau Benzschawel adding a first-team honor by the AP and Michael Deiter a first-team pick by the FWAA. Deiter also earned a second-team nod from the AP.
Monday’s announcements came on the heels of the trio each earning spots on the Walter Camp All-America Team last week, including first-team selections for Benzschawel and Taylor.
By being named to three of the five All-America teams recognized by the NCAA – Sporting News is set to release its team Tuesday and the American Football Coaches Association on Wednesday – Taylor becomes Wisconsin’s 27th consensus All-American.
He joins Alan Ameche (1954), Ron Dayne (1999), Montee Ball (2011, 2012) and Melvin Gordon (2014) as the fifth Wisconsin running back to receive that distinction. Dayne and Gordon were unanimous All-Americans, a status Taylor can achieve if he’s named to the Sporting News and AFCA teams later this week.
Taylor, who won the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s outstanding running back, is the FBS’ leading rusher with 1,989 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also was named Ameche-Dayne Big Ten Running Back of the Year this season.
Benzschawel is just the third player in Wisconsin’s storied history of offensive linemen to repeat as a first-team All-American, joining Dennis Lick (1974-75) and Joe Thomas (2005-06). He was a first-team selection by Sports Illustrated last season.
Deiter, the Rimington-Pace Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year, was a second-team All-America selection last year by Sporting News. He has started a school-record 53 games and owns the longest active streak of starts by an FBS offensive lineman.
Wisconsin Athletic Communications Department