Badgers lose Tight End Zander Neuville to career-ending injury

Zander Neuville’s football career is officially finished.

The UW tight end tweeted out today that he had suffered another knee injury that will prove career-ending.

Neuville played in 42 games, including 14 starts at tight end. He injured his knee late in the 2017 season and missed the final two games. He then played in three games in 2018 before another knee injury ended his season. Neuville was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA in August and had just started practicing with the team.

The Badgers were hoping Neuville could stabilize the tight end group that’s been decimated by injuries. Outside of sophomore Jake Ferguson, UW has only two healthy tight ends — former walk-on Jack Eschenbach and true freshman Clay Cundiff.

Neuville and junior Gabe Lloyd have already been ruled out for the year, while junior Luke Benzschawel suffered a serious leg injury in practice and remains on crutches, though his injury hasn’t been deemed season ending.

Wisconsin, as it has at different points over the last 25 years, has been using offensive lineman as an extra blocking tight end, with redshirt freshman Cormac Sampson serving in that role last Saturday against Central Michigan.

The 14th ranked Wisconsin Badgers (2-0) are off this week. They’ll host 10th ranked Michigan (2-0) at Camp Randall next Saturday.

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