The University of Wisconsin football team got some bad news today as Paul Chryst announced that running back Chez Mellusi, who’s the fifth in the Big Ten in rushing, will miss the remainder of the season.
The injury occurred in the third quarter in last weeks win at Rutgers.
“That obviously saddens really a lot of us. There’s nothing more important and why guys do this is to be able to play in these games,” Chryst said. “He gave a ton to this team, certainly in production, but a lot of other areas. I’m sad about that. He’s competitive and he’ll come back on it.”
Chryst didn’t go into specifics about the injury, but a source told me that it is a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Chryst said it’s too early to determine when Mellusi will be able to return next year, but says it won’t be spring ball for sure.
With Mellusi out, the Badgers will count on true freshman Braelon Allen even more. Allen has run for at least 100 yards in five straight games since becoming a featured part of the offense. He’s averaged 7.5 yards per carry in that stretch and has five touchdowns.
However, the most carries Allen has had in a game to this point is 20 and he wasn’t 100 percent against Rutgers last week. That means that sophomore Julius Davis will need to step up. Davis carries the ball seven times for 32 yards last week and is expected to be the second man behind Allen when UW hosts Northwestern this week.
Junior Brady Schipper, who’s mostly been used on third downs, could also see an increased number of snaps, along with true freshman Jackson Acker. Acker ran for 24 yards and a touchdown on three carries last week.
Paul Chryst also said that guard Jack Nelson practiced this week and will be available on Saturday against Northwestern. Nelson left the Rutgers game last week with an unspecified injury.