Badgers star linebacker Jack Cichy to miss entire 2017 season with torn ACL

Cichy missed 7 games with torn pectoral in 2016

The Wisconsin Badgers highly-rated defense has suffered a devastating blow with the start of the 2017 college football season just weeks away.

Star linebacker Jack Cichy will miss the entire season after suffering a torn ACL in practice on Tuesday, head coach Paul Chryst announced Thursday. The senior will undergo surgery on Friday.

Cichy earned an All-Big Ten honorable mention last season despite missing seven games with a torn pectoral. 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 began his Badgers career as a walk-on, eventually working his way up to team captain as a senior this year. He totaled 6.5 sacks and 121 total tackles in 19 games over three seasons.

Wisconsin kicks off the 2017 season at home on Sept. 1 against Utah St.

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