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Wisconsin football: Scott Nelson is out for the season

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The starting safety announced on Twitter late Saturday night that his season is over.

NCAA Football: New Mexico at Wisconsin Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Redshirt sophomore safety Scott Nelson announced via Twitter on Saturday night that his season is over due to a left leg injury. Nelson got hurt in the third quarter of Wisconsin’s 49-0 victory over South Florida in Week 1 and was listed as “out” on Week 2’s injury report that the Badgers put out.

In limited action this year, Nelson had four tackles and one pass breakup. In 2018, he had 41 tackles, one pick, one forced fumble and seven passes defended. Despite being an underclassman, Nelson was poised to be one of the leaders of a young secondary that was looking to make up for its mistakes in 2018.

The depth chart that the Badgers used for Week 2 against Central Michigan listed junior Eric Burrell as the starter and junior Madison Cone as the backup. Cone transitioned to safety from cornerback this offseason and has two tackles so far this year in limited action. Burrell has three total tackles this year and also picked off a pass against USF.

Junior safety and Houston transfer Collin Wilder will also be getting more run with Nelson on the sideline and he has already proven to have a knack for the big play. He had a pick versus USF and recorded three tackles, including one for a loss of three yards, and a pass breakup against CMU.

For those on mobile who can’t read the tweet, here is what Nelson wrote:

“While I am disappointed to receive the news that my season is over because of an injury, I will not be deterred. My plan is to be back on the field and better than ever when we kick off in 2020.

But I am excited about what our team can be in 2019 and I’m going to be there with my brothers every step of the way. Thank you to all the Badger fans out there for your support.

On, Wisconsin.”

We wish Nelson a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on the field in 2020.