University of Wisconsin linebacker and team captain Jack Cichy will miss the entire 2017 season after tearing his ACL, according to an official release from the school.
Cichy suffered the injury in practice on Thursday and will undergo surgery on Friday.
“You hate it for Jack,” said Badgers head coach Paul Chryst. “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.”
Cichy was set to enter his fourth season with Wisconsin.
This is the second major injury Cichy has sustained in as many years.
Last season, he tore his pectoral muscle in October and was limited to seven games as a result.
During the contests in which he played in 2016, Cichy registered 60 tackles, seven tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.
The previous season, the Somerset, Wi. native finished with 60 stops, eight tackles for loss, five sacks and four passes defended.
Cichy was sort of a late bloomer with the Badgers.
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.
Cichy, who was a walk-on, appeared ready for a monster year and was placed on watch lists for Bednarik Award, Butkus Award, Nagurski Trophy and Lott IMPACT Trophy this preseason.
The Badgers will open up their regular season on Friday, Sept. 1 when they host Utah State.