This is a devastating blow for the Badgers.
Wisconsin linebacker Jack Cichy, who was expected to be one of the leaders of a stout Badger defense this fall, will miss the 2017 season with a torn ACL.
Cichy suffered the injury in practice on Tuesday and will undergo surgery tomorrow.
Wisconsin announced the news on Twitter this morning.
Unfortunate news to share this morning. Linebacker Jack Cichy will miss the 2017 season after suffering a torn ACL.https://t.co/gBDFxqo4oT
— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) August 10, 2017
“You hate it for Jack,” Badgers head coach Paul Chryst said in a statement. “You only get so many chances to play this game and you never want to see a guy miss any of those opportunities. He’s one of the leaders of our team and I know he’ll be a big part of what we do moving forward this season.”
Cichy, a fifth-year senior, made All-Big Ten honorable mention last season despite missing seven games with an injury. In the seven games he did play in, Cichy was extremely productive, racking up 60 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
In 2015, Cichy played in 13 games (four starts) and made 60 tackles, earning Defensive MVP honor at the Holiday Bowl against USC.
We wish him best of luck and a speedy recovery.