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Badgers Lose Jack Cichy With A Torn Pectoral Muscle

The promising season for the Wisconsin Badgers took another hit on Monday when head coach Paul Chryst announced the loss of  linebacker Jack Cichy. Cichy is not the first linebacker to go down with a season-ending injury, but this loss could become a difference maker for a dominant defense.

Don’t expect the Badgers to wallow in their sorrows. They have their fifth matchup against a Top 10 team on Saturday. The Badgers started the season with a win over No. 5 LSU. They also defeated the No. 8 Michigan State Spartans, before losing to No. 4 Michigan and No. 2 Ohio State. Now they face off against the No. 8 Nebraska Cornhuskers as a home favorite. The Spartans are the only team now out of the Top 25 rankings.

Two things have been a certainty for the Wisconsin Badgers this season. First of all, they’ve showcased one of the toughest defenses in college football on a weekly basis. Secondly, the Badgers keep suffering injuries to their deep and talented linebacker unit. Cichy tore his pectoral muscle in the middle of the game and continued to play.

During their season debut, Chris Orr suffered an ACL injury on the first defensive play of the season. The Badgers were already without T.J. Edwards at the start of the season. Despite that, the Badgers defeated the Tigers with what looked like a pair of backup linebackers. Ryan Connelly stepped up in a valiant effort and he’ll be called upon to do it again. However, Cichy was turning into a star for the stout Badgers defense.

In the first seven games, he led the defense with 60 tackles, including 10 stops on Saturday. In the last three contests, Cichy accounted for 37 tackles and 1.5 sacks. He’s also second on the team with seven tackles for a loss. Now the Badgers will feel his loss for the rest of the season.

Linebacker Vince Biegel returned to action last week. He made one tackle during limited action. After missing the two games against the Wolverines and Buckeyes due to foot surgery, Biegel returned earlier than expected in the victory over Iowa. Now he will be looked upon to make plays on the defensive side of the ball.

Lyle Harrison
Football Me

Lyle Harrison

Big Ten Lead Writer at The Runner Sports
William Lyle Harrison is here to provide unique insight to your overrated college football team. He currently serves as the lead writer for Big Ten Football at The Runner Sports. Since joining the company in July 2016, Harrison has displayed a passion for sports that's been present since the early age of six.

Harrison has covered NFL, NBA, and CBB in the past. Earlier in his career, he was a national college football writer and Team writer for Husker Corner. Harrison also created the college football "Treat 16 Power Poll" some years back when college coaches relied on the running game.
Lyle Harrison
Football Me