|Wisconsin Badgers — No. 44|
|Place of birth: Kettering, Ohio|
|Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)||Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)|
|High school: Kettering (OH) Archbishop Alter|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||40‡||Commit date|
|Kettering, OH||Archbishop Alter HS||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)||215 lb (98 kg)||4.65||Jun 24, 2008|
|Scout: Rivals: ESPN grade: 74|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 55 (MLB) Rivals: NR ESPN: 134 (ATH)|
Borland was named the Big Ten's Freshman of the Year in 2009. Borland played in 13 games, starting six. He led the leam with five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He finished third on the team in tackles-for-loss (10.5) and sacks (5.0) and fifth in tackles (54). Borland also returned six kickoffs for 106 yards and made three extra points in the game against Hawaii.
Borland played and started two games. He was injured in the second game of the season and missed the rest of the year with a shoulder injury. He was granted an injury redshirt for that season.
Before the season, Borland was on the watchlist for the Butkus Award which is awarded to the nations best linebacker. Borland was also listed on the preseason watchlists for All-Big Ten, first-team by Phil Steele and second-team by Athlon.
On December 8, 2011, Borland was named Third Team All-American by Yahoo Sports. Borland's teammate Russell Wilson joined him on the Third Team while Montee Ball was named to the First Team and offensive linemen Peter Konz and Kevin Zeitler were named to the Second Team.
Borland set a season high with 13 tackles in the 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game against Nebraska. Borland recorded a team-high 9 tackles in the 2013 Rose Bowl against Stanford. Following the season, Borland was named first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and honorable mention by the media.
Borland was named to the preseason watchlists for the Chuck Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Dick Butkus Award, Lombardi Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy. Halfway through the 2013 season ESPN ranked Chris Borland the #4 Defensive MVP.
On November 23, Borland tied the FBS career forced fumble record, with his 14th, against Minnesota. Also in late November, Borland was named one of four finalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy. Other finalists include Anthony Barr (UCLA linebacker), Devon Kennard (USC defensive end) and James Morris (Iowa linebacker).
On December 3, 2013, Borland was named Big Ten Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year Borland is the fifth Wisconsin player to be named Defensive Player of the Year, joining Troy Vincent (1991), Tom Burke (1998), Jamar Fletcher (2000) and Erasmus James (2004). Borland was also named the Big Ten's Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year.