One of the best linebackers in Badgers history earned another honor Monday.
Chris Borland was named one of the three linebackers for the Big Ten Network’s All-Decade team. Iowa product and current Denver Bronco Josey Jewell and Michigan alum and current Pittsburgh Steeler Devin Bush were the other linebackers selected to the first team. UW's T.J. Watt was a second-team pick.
Borland’s career at the University of Wisconsin started with a bang by earning Big Ten Conference freshman of the year accolades, but a shoulder injury derailed his sophomore campaign and limited him to just two games.
He built a reputation as a hard hitter and a tackling machine last three years on the field for the Badgers. He tallied 143, 104 and 112 tackles in those years, respectively, and his career total of 420 tackles is sixth-most in program history. Borland is fourth in UW history with 50 tackles for loss, and was an All-Big Ten selection four times, including two first-team nods.
His 15 forced fumbles are a conference record, and when he left college he was tied for the conference record with five defensive player of the week awards.
Borland’s senior year of 2013 was arguably his best, as he won the conference’s defensive player of the year and linebacker of the year awards en route to a first-team All-American selection by the Football Writers Association of America.
“He was really unblockable,” former Ohio State coach and current Big Ten Network analyst Urban Meyer said. “He was a guy that you have a guy accounting for him, but he would beat blocks so easily.”
The Kettering, Ohio, product was lightly recruited coming out of high school, but made his mark quickly on the Badgers. He was also a valued member of the special teams units at UW.
He was drafted in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, but played just one pro season. After a rookie year in which he posted 102 tackles, he retired from football due to concerns of repetitive head trauma.
The BTN All-Decade team was voted on by a panel of 24 writers and analysts. 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.
Get to know the Badgers' 2021 recruiting class
Peterson, a three-star outside linebacker/defensive end from Akron, Ohio, committed to UW on June 1, 2020.
He was one of the Badgers’ top targets on defense since the spring of 2019. He tallied 21 sacks in his junior season at Archbishop Hoban, and chose the Badgers over offers from Alabama, Michigan, West Virginia and more.
247Sports, Rivals and ESPN all rate Peterson — a 6-foot-3, 235-pounder — as a three-star prospect. He’s the first linebacker in the 2021 class.
Mike Jarvis, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound lineman out of Medford, N.J., announced his commitment to the Badgers on June 3, 2020.
A three-star prospect on 247Sports and a two-star per Rivals, Jarvis has potential to play as a defensive or offensive lineman, although he’s been primarily recruited for his ability on defense.
Jarvis picked UW over scholarship offers from Duke, Florida State, Indiana, Nebraska, Princeton, Rutgers and others.