Although tight end Troy Fumagalli and linebackers Jack Cichy and T.J. Edwards have probably heard many of the questions before, they will be fielding them on a grander stage Monday and Tuesday when they represent Wisconsin at the Big Ten Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon in Chicago.
"I think it will be a great experience," said Fumagalli, a fifth-year senior from Naperville, Illinois, a modest drive (less than 40 miles) from the McCormick Place Convention Center, the site of the 49th annual preseason event. "Everyone who has done it in the past has said they've had an enjoyable time."
Likely drawing interest will be the respective journeys of Fumagalli and Cichy, a fifth-year senior from Somerset, Wisconsin. Both are former walk-ons. Cichy and Edwards, a redshirt junior from Lake Villa, Illinois, will be popular interviews given the inside linebacker depth that includes Chris Orr and Ryan Connelly.
Edwards, UW's leading tackler the past two seasons, insisted that he really hasn't thought much about the competition for playing time. "It always works its way out," he said. "The coaches I'm sure have a great idea of what's going to happen. The best will play. Training camp will be fun."
Here's an update on how their training has progressed since the Cotton Bowl. (Fumagalli was the offensive MVP with six catches in the win over Western Michigan. Cichy was still sidelined with a torn pectoral muscle that kept him out of the last seven games. Edwards was the defensive MVP with 10 tackles and a key interception.)
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