July 31, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- It’s always difficult to project the success of a season based on the preseason accolades a team or individual receives.
But if the amount of attention Badgers’ junior AJ Cochran is receiving this preseason reflects anything close to the amount of hardware he could possibly attain at the end of 2013, then he should be advised to clear some space in his trophy case.
Cochran, a native of St. Louis, Mo., was named to Top Drawer Soccer’s D1 Preseason Best XI’s third-team. Cochran is one of five Big Ten student-athletes named to the list.
Just two weeks ago, Cochran was tabbed as a third-team preseason All-American by College Soccer News.
The junior joins a Badgers squad that returns 13 seniors heading into the 2013 season, which kicks off on Aug. 19 with an exhibition match at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
After an impressive freshman campaign which included earning all-tournament team honors at the UIC Soccer Classic and being named a unanimous selection to the Big Ten's All-Freshman Team, Cochran returned for his sophomore season and was the anchor of a Badgers defense that twice held opponents to scoreless streaks of more than 200 minutes. Cochran's efforts were rewarded as he became just the eighth UW men's soccer player ever to garner All-Great Lakes Region honors, while also being named a first-team All-Big Ten honoree.
Cochran has started 37 games for the Cardinal and White and has spent time with the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team.