As the 2021 season draws to a close, the Big Ten announced all-conference defensive selections on Monday.
There were a number of Badgers who made varying levels of All-Big Ten teams, from underclassmen earning their first honor to seniors who have become all-conference regulars.
Wisconsin linebacker Leo Chenal took home the top award at his position, being named the 2021 Butkus-Fitzgerald Big Ten Linebacker of the Year.
Wisconsin’s defense unsurprisingly dominated Big Ten awards, as the Badger unit had every starter honored.
From the first-team honorees to a number of Big Ten honorable mentions, here is a look at every member of the Badger defense who earned all-conference honors in 2021:
Honorable Mention: CB Faion Hicks
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Honorable Mention: S Scott Nelson
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – NOVEMBER 27: Scott Nelson #9 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates scoring a touchdown after intercepting a pass by Tanner Morgan #2 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the second quarter of the game at Huntington Bank Stadium on November 27, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)
Honorable Mention: OLB Noah Burks
Oct 30, 2021; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers linebacker Noah Burks (41) celebrates following a turnover during the second quarter against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Camp Randall Stadium. Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Honorable Mention: OLB Nick Herbig
Oct 30, 2021; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers linebacker Nick Herbig (19) strips the ball away from Iowa Hawkeyes quarterback Spencer Petras (7) during the second quarter at Camp Randall Stadium. Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Honorable Mention: Isaiah Mullens
Dec 19, 2020; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers defensive end Isaiah Mullens (99) dances between the third and fourth quarters in the game against the Minnesota…