Zander Neuville Out For the Season

Zander Neuville Out For the Season

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Zander Neuville Out For the Season

MADISON, Wis – Senior tight end Zander Neuville injured his left knee in practice this week and is done for the season, head coach Paul Chryst announced Thursday.

The injury is crushing for No.15 Wisconsin, as the former defensive end had separated himself as the Badgers’ best run blocker.

“That was unfortunate,” UW coach Paul Chryst told reporters. “As a team, you’ve got to be able to overcome that, but you feel terrible for (Neuville) and him having to go through that.”

Injuries derailed Neuville’s final two seasons at Wisconsin. He tore the ACL in his right knee against Minnesota in UW’s regular-season finale last year and battled a different knee injury in his right leg earlier this season. Because he has not missed two full seasons due to injury and already voluntarily redshirted when he first joined the program, Neuville will not be granted a sixth year of eligibility, meaning his career is over.

The absence of Neuville will likely force UW to use offensive linemen Logan Bruss and Jason Erdmann as blocking tight ends. The Badgers debuted the formation for a handful of plays in the win at Iowa when Neuville was limited with his knee injury. The Badgers are also expected to get tight end Luke Benzschawel (right leg), the Badgers’ No. 2 blocking tight end, back this week.

Van Ginkel Remains Questionable

Outside linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel remains questionable entering Saturday’s primetime home game against Nebraska.

“We’ve gotten a little bit more from him leading up to (this week’s) game than we did before,” Chryst said Thursday. “We’re certainly hoping, but hope’s not a method.”

Van Ginkel suffered a right ankle injury in the first quarter against BYU and the Badgers struggled to fill his absence in a 24-21 loss Sept. 15. The senior was limited to only five snaps the following week at Iowa.

Here is the rest of Wisconsin’s injury report

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