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Wisconsin football: Jack Cichy named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week

A well-deserved honor for the former walk-on.

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After an outstanding effort against the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes, junior inside linebacker Jack Cichy was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.

Cichy recorded a career-high 15 tackles (11 solo), along with 3.5 for loss in the 30-23 loss against quarterback J.T. Barrett and an Ohio State offense that averaged over 50 points per game

The former walk-on also recorded a sack and a forced fumble.

It’s Cichy’s first Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor. Junior outside linebacker T.J. Watt also earned the honor after Wisconsin’s 30-6 win against then-No. 8 Michigan State.

On the season, Cichy leads the team in tackles (50) and forced fumbles (two), and is also second on the team in tackles for loss (seven).

Cichy was named as one of the finalists for The Lott IMPACT Player of the Week on Sunday. Fans can vote here.

Barrett earned Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors after accounting for 318 yards of total offense and three touchdowns in the overtime victory at Camp Randall Stadium.

Here’s the official press release from the Wisconsin athletic department:

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin junior inside linebacker Jack Cichy has been named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week following a career performance last Saturday vs. Ohio State.

Cichy was a dominant force for the Badgers’ defense, finishing with a career-high 15 tackles, including 11 solo stops. He recorded 3.5 tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble. It was part of an effort that saw Wisconsin hold a Buckeyes offense that entered the game averaging 52.3 points per game to just 23 in regulation.

A former walk-on, Cichy leads the Badgers with 50 total tackles and ranks second on the team with 7.0 TFLs on the year. He ranks eighth in the Big Ten this season, averaging 8.33 tackles per game.

Cichy’s efforts have the Badgers ranked No. 9 in the FBS in scoring defense at 15.2 points per game. The Badgers also rank 12th in total defense, allowing 311.3 yards per game.

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