For Edwards, the NFL can wait

Standout linebacker returns for senior season

Madison – Wisconsin linebacker T.J. could’ve tested the waters of the NFL last year, but he decided to come back for his senior season. He hinted at returning toward the end of the season, but he confirmed his intentions shortly after the Orange Bowl.

“I really had to search within myself and tell myself that whatever decision I make is the right one,” Edwards said after Thursday’s practice. “I had people close to me not feel so good about what I did, and people thought it was great. It was tough. But at the end of the day it’s a blessing to even be thinking about it. I’m happy as can be to be back here in Madison.”

Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst knows the system very well, and he knows the decision to stay- or go- isn’t easy. “There’s a lot more layers to the decision than just ‘They could’ve,’ ” Chryst said. “It’s ‘Were they ready?’ and ‘Is there more they can work on, so when they get that opportunity they can make the most of it?’ “

Edwards got feedback from NFL scouts, and they told him he had to play faster and make more explosive plays. Edwards was second on the team with 53 tackles, and he led the Badgers with four interceptions last season.