Jack Cichy to miss 2017 season with torn ACL

Jack Cichy to miss 2017 season with torn ACL

The former walk-on had been voted a team captain for 2017 and was placed on watch lists for the Bednarik Award, Butkus Award, Nagurski Trophy and Lott IMPACT Trophy this preseason.

Cichy still finished the 2016 season as an honorable mention on the All-Big Ten team despite being limited to seven games.

Cichy was regarded by many as the best linebacker on what looks to be a strong set of 'backers in Madison, even with T.J. Watt and Vince Biegel having departed.

"In the weeks leading up to the injury, I [was gaining] more notoriety", Cichy said. Without him, Wisconsin will rely heavily on TJ Edwards and Chris Orr.

The Wisconsin Badgers highly-rated defense has suffered a devastating blow with the start of the 2017 college football season just weeks away. The Illinois native also recorded an interception and a forced fumble during the 2016 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

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He played in only one game and logged one tackle during his freshman campaign at Wisconsin in 2013 and then proceeded to redshirt for the 2014 season.

Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst announced the status update Thursday.

Unfortunately, Chryst will have to make adjustments on the fly as returning senior starting inside linebacker Jack Cichy went down with an injury and it will end his season.

NCAA rules require a player to miss two years of hardship beyond their control in order to be granted a sixth year of eligibility.