Pro Football Focus: Wisconsin's Troy Fumagalli was highest-graded bowl player
There isn’t a national award for “postseason MVP.” If there was, Troy Fumagalli would be in the running.
According to Pro Football Focus, the Wisconsin tight end was not only the highest-graded player in the Cotton Bowl, but of anybody who played in a bowl game.
Fumagalli’s Cotton Bowl brilliance — he had six catches for 83 yards and a touchdown — earned him a PFF grade of 93.1.
Part of that was because of his run-blocking in Wisconsin’s 24-16 victory, and part of it was because he made plays like this insane four-finger grab:
For comparison’s sake, Fumagalli’s grade was nine points better than the second-highest graded Wisconsin player, T.J. Watt. It was also 2.3 points better than the second-highest graded B1G bowl player, Michigan cornerback Channing Stribling.
Fumagalli is one of the many talented tight ends returning to the B1G in 2017. He and Penn State’s Mike Gesicki could battle it out for the Mackey Award, given annually to the nation’s top tight end. Michigan All-American Jake Butt won that award in 2016.
Nobody would be surprised if that award stayed in the B1G in 2017.