Wisconsin senior linebacker Jack Cichy will miss the entire 2017 season with a torn ACL, Badgers head coach Paul Chryst announced Thursday.
“You hate it for Jack,” Chryst said. “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.”
The Badgers star linebacker missed the final seven games of the 2016 season with a torn pectoral muscle, but was voted a team captain for the upcoming season.
Cichy suffered the knee injury during Tuesday’s practice and is set to undergo surgery on Friday.
“As I learned the news of my injury and the end of my season I couldn’t help but reflect,” Cichy said. “I wanna thank this university and this great state for letting a Wisconsin boy come live out his dreams. From walk-on to captain it’s been an unreal experience. I don’t know exactly what’s in store next, but I know I’m not done with football. No matter what, I felt a thanks was in order. We’re gonna keep fighting and we have a helluva season coming. On, Wisconsin!”
In 20 games, the Badgers 6-foot-2, 234-pound linebacker amassed 121 tackles, 15 tackles for a loss, 6.5 sacks, six passes defended, and two forced fumbles.
Cichy used his redshirt year in 2014 and would have to apply for a medical waiver to play for Wisconsin in 2018.
— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) August 10, 2017