PROVO, Utah — T.J. Edwards’ game days often begin with an unwanted jolt of high-volume music around 6 a.m. The culprit, unsurprisingly, is always roommate and fellow University of Wisconsin inside linebacker Chris Orr, who’s already wide awake and bouncing around the hotel room.
Edwards’ first thought? “Bro, you’ve got to chill.” But this illustrates what the Badgers love about the sophomore, too. He’s the first one dancing in the locker room after a victory and the one talking about Popeyes chicken during the 15th period of practice.
He’s also the one, even when limping around on crutches after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament last season, who never fails to inject an energetic atmosphere whenever UW needs it.
“It’s sometimes unwanted,” Edwards said, joking, “but he definitely brings some awesome juice when we need it.
“Shoot, I’d give him a week (after the injury) and he was right back on the field, crutching around and laughing, joking around and being who he is to try to bring whatever he could to the team. It’s a devastating injury, and he did such a good job of being positive the whole time.”
Orr made quite a positive impact on the field for the Badgers the past two weeks in his first game action since the injury, which he sustained on the first defensive snap of last season.
In his first start of the year last week against Florida Atlantic, he recorded a game-high eight tackles (six solo) and a sack. Through two games, he leads UW with 15 tackles.
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