Nebraska defensive lineman Jared Crick entered the 2011 season as a favorite to win the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Unfortunately, Crick won’t be in the running for the accolade after Nebraska announced Wednesday that its star senior has a torn pectoral muscle and will miss the rest of the season.
“I feel extremely bad for Jared,” Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said in a statement. “He is a young man who has represented this program in a first-class manner throughout his career. He made an unselfish decision to come back to Nebraska for his senior year and earn his degree, which he did this summer. He has also been a leader on and off the field and a young man who has made a positive impact in our community. Jared has a bright future in front of him on the field at the professional level. I know he will bounce back from this, and become a stronger player and person.”
Crick, who had 22 tackles and one sack this year, ranks eighth on the Nebraska career sacks list with 20, including 9.5 in both 2009 and 2010. He also has 35 career tackles for loss and 167 career tackles. Crick was a first-team All-Big 12 selection in both 2009 and 2010.
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It hurts to lose Crick. But Nebraska has young, talented players at the position. Chase Rome is among them.—
Samuel McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) October 12, 2011
Nebraska's defense has been a big disappointment — and that was before Jared Crick was lost for the year w/ a torn pec. Bad development.—
Pat Forde (@espn4d) October 12, 2011
Sad to hear about Jared Crick. One of the game's quintessential "football players." All business. Big talent. Great career ahead.—
David Ubben (@davidubben) October 12, 2011