Wisconsin LB Jack Cichy Out For Year: 3 Things That Matter
Wisconsin star LB Jack Cichy to miss the season. What are the three things that matter?
Wisconsin linebacker Jack Cichy suffered a torn ACL and is out for the season.
““You hate it for Jack,” 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. 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.”
1. Cichy suffered a torn ACL
This was supposed to be his big breakout season. Cichy was the star of the 2015 Holiday Bowl win over USC with three sacks and nine tackles, but he wasn’t in one piece over the second half of last season missing the final seven games with a torn pectoral muscle.
But when he was on the field, he was dominant, coming up with 60 tackles with 15 against Ohio State, 12 against Michigan and ten against Iowa. All set to roll this year, he suffered a torn ACL in practice and is out for the year.
2. The Badgers are used to being without Cichy
While Cichy’s a pass rushing terror with the talent to be an all-star for the linebacking corps, the defense was just fine without him over the second half of last year.
Chris Orr has a world of upside, but he hasn’t been able to stay healthy, either, getting hit with a torn ACL of his own last year after making 46 tackles in six starts in 2015. He’s the best option in what should be a fantastic defensive front.
The big problem is the pass rush. With T.J. Watt and Vince Biegel gone, the top playmakers in the backfield have to be replaced. Cichy was supposed to be a factor from the outside, but now it’s a next-man-up situation. New defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard has to do some shuffling.
3. The defense will still be terrific
Obviously this stings. Cichy is a big-time talent and a tone-setter in terms of attitude as well as production. He’s a former walk-on who plays with that same sort of chip on his shoulder, but now he has to hope for a sixth-year of eligibility on a medical hardship.
The Badgers will still have one of the Big Ten’s best linebacking corps, and the front three will be a killer against the run.
With Utah State and Florida Atlantic first before dealing with a trip to BYU and the Big Ten opener against Northwestern, there’s time to figure it out.