Wisconsin was dealt some tough news Thursday when it was announced star linebacker Jack Cichy would miss the 2017 season due to a torn ACL.
Cichy, a senior, was set to be one of the leaders of the Badgers’ defense in 2017 as they went for their second straight Big Ten West title. Instead, he’ll have to watch from the sidelines. Cichy issued a message shortly after his injury was announced, thanking the Wisconsin program and fans.
“I wanna thank this university and this great state for letting a Wisconsin boy come live out his dreams,” the Somerset, Wisc. native said. “From walk-on to captain it’s been an unreal experience.”
Here’s his full statement:
— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) August 10, 2017
Cichy is a fifth-year senior in 2017. He could try to earn a sixth year of eligibility through the NCAA, but the language in Cichy’s statement made it sound like his on-field Wisconsin career could be over.
Cichy recorded 120 tackles — 15 for loss — and 6.5 sacks in 19 games over the last two seasons. He missed seven games in the 2016 season with a torn pectoral.