Shaughnessy Gets the Badgers on the Board

Shaughnessy Gets the Badgers on the Board

After getting shutout on day one of the 2009 NFL Draft, the Badgers, and their 10 NFL Draft hopefuls, have started to come off the board, as the Oakland Raiders use their 71st pick in the third round of the draft on defensive end Matt Shaughnessy.

MADISON - First-team freshman All-American honors from ESPN and the Sporting News after a 39-tackle season set the tone for an outstanding career for Matt Shaughnessy.

Finishing his four-year Wisconsin career with 173 tackles and 14.5 sacks, the always-quiet Shaughnessy made noise in a big way Sunday, becoming the first Badger taken in the 2009 NFL Draft when the Oakland Raiders chose the 6-foot-6, 260-pound end with the 71st pick in the third round.

"To play at the next level would be a dream for me," Shaughnessy said earlier this month. "I have been working really hard to make that dream come true.: Finishing fourth in the Big Ten with 18 tackles for loss last season, Shaughnessy is the earliest Badger selected in the draft since Joe Thomas was picked third overall in 2007.

A consensus second-team All-Big Ten selection, Shaughnessy started all 13 games his sophomore year and was the team's leading tackler among defensive linemen with 35 stops, and second on team with eight TFLs and with four QB sacks.

As good as his sophomore season was, Shaughnessy's junior year was even better. Starting every game for the second straight season, he was a consensus second-team All-Big Ten selection and was named UW's defensive MVP after leading the team and finishing 19th nationally with 18.0 TFLs (eighth-best in school history for a season) and leading the defensive linemen with 60 tackles.

After he broke his fibula at the end of spring practice, the status of Shaughnessy's senior season was in question. He responded by starting all 13 games for the third straight season, and recorded his fourth straight year of 35-plus tackles. During his career, Shaughnessy was UW's defensive player of the week seven different times, demonstrating the consistent value he brought to the Wisconsin defense.

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