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Troy Fumagalli Wisconsin Badgers Tight End 6-5, 248, 4.84, #81 Aurora, Ill. Waubonsie Valley 2/17/1995
12/18/17 - 2017 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (COACHES): TE Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin,...Has appeared in 12 games, starting 11 in 2017... has notched 43 receptions for 516 yards and 4 touchdowns ... Has played in 51 games with 31 starts … owns 132 catches for 1,596 yards and 7 touchdowns. -
11/30/17 - 2017 BIG TEN KWALICK-CLARK TIGHT END OF THE YEAR (COACHES/MEDIA): Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin...Fumagalli joins Jacob Pederson (2012) as the only Badgers to be named Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year. He leads UW in receptions (38) and ranks second on the team in receiving yards (471) and receiving touchdowns (4). A complete tight end, his blocking is also instrumental in UW's running game, which ranks second in the Big Ten and 18th nationally.
A two-year starter at Wisconsin, Fumagalli was groomed as a complete tight end in Paul Chryst’s pro-style offense, leading the team in receptions each of the last two seasons. With his experience inline, detached and in motion, there isn’t much he will be asked to do in the NFL that he hasn’t done already. And Wisconsin has a proven track record of producing NFL-quality tight ends as Fumagalli will be the sixth Badgers tight end drafted since 2006.
Fumagalli, who has only nine fingers, relies more on his route-running than athleticism to get open, using soft hands to be a dependable target. He is a try-hard blocker and deserves credit for his effort, toughness and technique, but lacks the frame or strength to overwhelm defenders.
BACKGROUND A three-star tight end recruit out of high school, Fumagalli was a productive tight end and defensive end at Waubonsie Valley, but at only 215 pounds, he went largely overlooked as a recruit – was baseball-first until surgery on his pitching elbow forced him to focus primarily on football. He received attention from MAC programs, but Wisconsin gave him the opportunity to gray shirt, meaning he would walk on with the hope of earning a scholarship when available.
Despite schools like NC State and Minnesota offering him a full ride late in the process, Fumagalli had his mind set on Wisconsin, walking on and redshirting in 2013. He played in all 14 games as a redshirt freshman, including two starts, and posted 14 catches for 187 yards. Fumagalli started four games as a sophomore and recorded 28 passes for 313 yards and his first career touchdown. He became the full-time starting tight end as a junior in 2016 and set career-highs in receptions (47) and receiving yards (580), earning Second Team All-Big Ten honors. Fumagalli returned for his senior season and finished with 46 catches for 547 yards and four touchdowns and was named the Big Ten’s Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year, earning First Team All-Big Ten and Second Team All-America honors.
STRENGTHS Vacuum hands. Reliable focus on throws away from his body. Seasoned route-runner. Sharp footwork at the stem to square off patterns. Deftly uses hesitation and timing mid-route to hide his intentions. High effort blocker. Uses sound hand technique and body position to engage/seal. Alert to quickly locate and slow defenders in space. Experienced inline and detached. Former walk-on (earned scholarship prior to the 2015 season) and finalist for the Burlsworth Trophy (nation’s top walk-on). Determined to out-working others and hone his craft. Graduated with a degree in finance (May 2017). Senior captain with the competitive make-up that earns respect in the locker room. Steady production the last two seasons as a starter. – Dane Brugler 1/21/2018
WEAKNESSES Lacks an explosive gear. Not a dynamic athlete before or after the catch. Only adequate leaping skills. Lacks the run power to break tackles. Needs to get stronger to handle routine NFL blocking assignments. Too easily redirected, giving up the edge. Dominated in short-yardage. Missed one game as a senior due to an injured left hamstring (Sept. 2017) – also missed time as a sophomore due to a broken thumb (Oct. 2015) that required surgery. Average statistical resume with only two 100-yard games and zero 110-yard games in his career. Not a proven playmaker with only one catch of 25+ yards in 2017, scoring a touchdown only once every 19.3 catches in college. Missing the index finger on his left (dominant) hand due to Amniotic Band Syndrome, requiring amputation at birth. – Dane Brugler 1/21/2018
IN OUR VIEW: Fumagalli has physical limitations and isn’t a big play threat, but he takes pride in being a complete player and his crafty routes and reliable ball skills will be his calling card to an extended pro career.
Has appeared in 12 games, starting 11 ... has notched 43 receptions for 516 yards and 4 touchdowns ... recorded 7 receptions for 83 yards vs. Maryland on Oct. 21 ... hauled in 5 passes for 45 yards vs. Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship game on Dec. 2 ... made his fourth start of the season vs. Purdue on Oct. 14 ... had 3 receptions for 21 yards vs. Iowa on Nov. 13 ... caught 2 passes for 11 yards and 1 touchdown vs. Minnesota on Nov. 25 ... finished with 2 receptions for 39 yards and 1 touchdown at BYU on Sept. 16 ... nabbed 3 catches for 31 yards at Nebraska on Oct. 7 ... caught 5 passes for career-high 105 yards and a touchdown vs. Utah State on Sept. 1 ... had 3 catches for 38 yards vs. Michigan on Nov. 18 ... hauled in career-high 8 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown against Florida Atlantic on Sept. 9 ... hauled in 2 receptions for 31 yards vs. Illinois on Oct. 28 ... had 3 catches for 20 yards vs. Indiana on Nov. 4.
Earned third letter, starting all 14 games at tight end … recorded 47 receptions for 580 yards, more than doubling his previous career totals … also recorded 2 touchdowns … caught 6 passes for 83 yards and recorded vital fourth-quarter touchdown in Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic vs. Western Michigan on Jan. 2, earning Offensive MVP honors … had a career-high 7 receptions for 100 yards in Lambeau Field College Classic vs. LSU on Sept. 3 … scored a touchdown against Iowa on Oct. 22, making 2 catches for 38 yards.
All-Big Ten honorable mention (consensus)...Earned second letter, playing in 11 games with four starts … caught 28 passes for a total of 313 yards and one touchdown … caught six passes for 60 yards, both career highs, and scored first career touchdown at Nebraska on Oct. 10 … made catches of 7 and 23 yards on final offensive drive to set up game-winning field goal at Nebraska … logged five receptions for 52 yards at Illinois on Oct. 24 … caught three passes for 55 yards, including career-long 31-yard reception, vs. Rutgers on Oct. 31 … made four catches for 45 yards vs. Purdue on Oct. 17 … had two receptions for 36 yards in Holiday Bowl vs. USC on Dec. 30 … caught two passes for 28 yards vs. Northwestern on Nov. 28 … made three catches for 22 yards vs. Iowa on Oct. 3.
Earned first letter, playing in all 14 games with two starts at tight end ... finished season with 14 catches for 187 yards ... had exactly one catch in 10 straight games from Sept. 6 to Nov. 22 ... made first career start and had one reception for a career-high 28 yards at Purdue on Nov. 8 ... earned start and recorded one catch for 12 yards at Iowa on Nov. 22 ... grabbed two catches for 18 yards vs. Auburn in Outback Bowl on Jan. 1, including a 14-yard grab on third down to set up game-winning field goal in overtime ... caught two passes for 24 yards in the Big Ten Football Championship Game vs. Ohio State on Dec. 6 ... tallied one reception vs. Nebraska on Nov. 15 ... caught one pass for 18 yards at Rutgers on Nov. 1 ... recorded one reception for 17 yards vs. Maryland on Oct. 25 ... tallied one catch for 12 yards vs. Illinois on Oct. 11 ... registered one reception for 11 yards at Northwestern on Oct. 4 ... logged one reception for 14 yards vs. South Florida on Sept. 27 ... recorded one catch for 22 yards vs. Bowling Green on Sept. 20 ... had one reception for 10 yards vs. Western Illinois.
Three-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and Scout ... ranked as No. 32 tight end in class by ESPN ... finished career with 172 tackles, four sacks and six deflected passes ... also had 64 receptions for 1,770 yards ... also lettered in baseball ... academic all-state selection ... four-time academic all-conference honoree ... high honor roll student ... coach was Paul Murphy.
Parents are Doug and Char Fumagalli ... father played football at Holy Cross ... brother, Drew, played baseball at Dayton ... brother, Ross, played football at Dayton ... participated in Link Crew and Young Life ... volunteered with Feed My Starving Children and Harvest Sunday collections ... hobbies are golf and biking ... finance, investment and banking major.
Draft Scout Player News
01/24/18 - Senior Bowl Wednesday: Similar to Penn State wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton, Wisconsin tight end Troy Fumagalli won't test overly well and looked like an ordinary athlete during practice. However, he has vacuum hands to stab-and-secure the football, even with defenders draped on his back. With his lack of top-tier physical traits, Fumagalli might not be a top-five tight end in this class, but his ball skills and route-running suggest he has a long NFL career ahead of him. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
12/18/17 - 2017 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (COACHES): TE Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin,...Has appeared in 12 games, starting 11 in 2017... has notched 43 receptions for 516 yards and 4 touchdowns ... Has played in 51 games with 31 starts … owns 132 catches for 1,596 yards and 7 touchdowns. - Wisconsin Football
11/30/17 - 2017 BIG TEN KWALICK-CLARK TIGHT END OF THE YEAR (COACHES/MEDIA): Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin...Fumagalli joins Jacob Pederson (2012) as the only Badgers to be named Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year. He leads UW in receptions (38) and ranks second on the team in receiving yards (471) and receiving touchdowns (4). A complete tight end, his blocking is also instrumental in UW's running game, which ranks second in the Big Ten and 18th nationally. - Wisconsin Football
09/30/17 - TE Troy Fumagalli, who missed Saturday's game with a minor leg injury, was the team leader in catches (15) and receiving yards (236) entering the game against Northwestern.
07/12/17 - 2017 Preseason John Mackey Award Watchlist: Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin,...Earned third letter, starting all 14 games at tight end in 2016 … recorded 47 receptions for 580 yards, more than doubling his previous career totals … also recorded 2 touchdowns … caught 6 passes for 83 yards and recorded vital fourth-quarter touchdown in Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic vs. Western Michigan on Jan. 2, earning Offensive MVP honors. - Wisconsin Football