Yesterday was certainly not a stellar day for Wisconsin athletics. After losing a heartbreaking game in overtime to rival Michigan State, the football team also recieved news that Quarterback Joel Stave is going to miss the rest of the season with a broken collarbone.
Perhaps the worst news came in between the two though as the athletic communications staff announced that Josh Gasser tore his ACL earlier that day, and is going to miss the whole season.
This news still stings. First off, Gasser is just an overally classy guy. You hate this for anyone, but especially for those guys like Gasser who have given so much to their programs.
In his time at Wisconsin, Bo Ryan has done a fairly good job of replacing guys that go down with these types of injuries. The thing is, Gasser is such a special player and I think it's going to be extrodinarely tough to replace the role he was set to have on this team. In my opinion, Gasser was the only player on this team who could effectivley replace Jordan Taylor's contributions.
The hardest part to swallow is that Gasser was a big part of this team, that in my opinion, also had a very good chance to be really special. With a duo of talented big men in Evans and Berggren, and guys like Dekker, Bruesewitz and Brust, this team had the potential to make a legit NCAA tournament run. With the loss of Gasser they'll still be good, but it certainly puts a damper on what could have been an amazing season.no comments