Badgers LB, captain Jack Cichy out for season after tearing ACL

Jack Cichy

The injury, which occurred during Tuesday's practice, represents a major setback for a Badgers defense that ranked fourth in points allowed per game last season.

Wisconsin redshirt junior LB Jack Cichy will miss the 2017 season after tearing his ACL during preseason camp.

Cichy was set to enter his fourth season with Wisconsin. He will have knee surgery Friday.

Cichy earned an All-Big Ten honorable mention last season despite missing seven games with a torn pectoral.

"He's just going to attack the next phase, the next chapter for him, and you really appreciate that out of him", Badgers head coach Paul 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".

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The previous season, the Somerset, Wi. native finished with 60 stops, eight tackles for loss, five sacks and four passes defended.

Cichy was voted team captain this season along with Michael Deiter, D'Cota Dixon, Troy Fumagalli and Conor Sheehy.

Cichy is a fifth-year senior in 2017. He was named to the watch list for the 2017 Bednarik Award, which is given out to the best defensive player in the nation.

Cichy was scheduled to start alongside junior T.J. Edwards, who had a team-high 89 tackles a year ago.

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