The Badgers enjoyed their share of success in 2013-14 and now UWBadgers.com is honoring the best student-athletes, teams and performances of the year. Over the next few weeks, we’ll unveil the best of the Badgers in five categories: Big Ten Medal of Honor (June 16), Athletes of the Year (June 17-21), Team Achievements of the Year (June 22-27), Games of the Year (June 28-July 5) and Freshmen of the Year (July 6-12).
Today we feature Freshman of the Year nominee Sojourn Shelton of the football team.
July 11, 2014
• 2013-14 Year in Review
MADISON, Wis. -- There was no easing into the college game for Wisconsin cornerback Sojourn Shelton in 2013.
Tabbed as a starter for the Badgers' season opener against UMass, Shelton locked down one of UW's starting corner spots for the rest of the season by making a habit out of locking down opponents.
The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, native tied for third in the Big Ten with four interceptions, a mark that ranked No. 3 nationally among all true freshmen.
His four picks were the second-most ever by a UW freshman -- Jamar Fletcher snared seven INTs as a redshirt freshman in 1998 -- but marked the most in school history by a true freshman.
Shelton played in all 13 games for the Badgers and made 12 starts at cornerback in a secondary that helped UW rank No. 6 nationally in scoring defense (16.3 points per game) and No. 7 nationally in total defense (305.1 yards per game).
With Shelton helping hold down the back end, the Badgers gave up just 125 plays of 10 yards or longer, matching Michigan State for the fewest of any team in the country.
UW ranked No. 17 nationally in passing defense at 202.5 yards allowed per game and was especially strong on third down, allowing opponents to convert just 25.2 percent of their third-down attempts through the air -- the fourth-best mark of any FBS defense.
For his efforts, Shelton earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors and was also named honorable mention All-Freshman by College Football News.