‘Jewelry Thief’ Torchio named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week

MADISON, Wis. — Badger safety John Torchio picked off two passes on Saturday. On Monday, he picked up the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week Award.

The “Jewelry Thief” shined like a diamond in Wisconsin’s win over Purdue. He returned his first interception for a touchdown and also led all players in tackles with 10.

It was an overall strong performance from the entire Badger defense on Saturday. Purdue was held to just 10 points through the first three quarters and a late interception by Jordan Turner sealed the deal.

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Torchio leads the Badgers in interceptions this season with 5. Saturday’s pick-six was his second of the year. He’s also second on the team in total tackles with 42.

The senior out of Lafayette, Calif., is the second Badger to win Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week this season. Safety Kamo’i Latu brought home the honor earlier this month after grabbing two interceptions in Wisconsin’s win over Northwestern.

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Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week this week, and Ohio State kicker Noah Ruggles was named Special Teams Player of the Week. Maryland running back Roman Hemby was named Freshman of the Week.

The Badgers are off this week, but take on Hemby and the Terrapins at Camp Randall Stadium on November 5. The kickoff time for that game has not been announced.