Wisconsin’s ‘Jewelry Thief’ ready for starting safety role

MADISON, Wis. — After 3 years of playing in limited or backup roles, the time is now for John Torchio. And the Badgers senior has been making his presence felt.

Torchio is known around Camp Randall as ‘The Jewelry Thief’ for always having a knack to make plays.

He got the nickname from special teams coach Chris Haering and it stuck. So did his playmaking abilities.

“That’s what he’s been really good at,” Wisconsin Defensive Coordinator Jim Leonhard said. “He knows how to paint a picture to the quarterback and understands route concepts and timing.”

It’s a trait Leonhard hopes Torchio passes down to the rest of the unit.