Jared Crick is out for the season. No matter how you look at it, it's a giant ball of suck.
"After further examination on Tuesday, it was determined that Jared Crick has a torn pectoral muscle and he will be out for the remainder of the season.
"I feel extremely bad for Jared. 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.
"It is a tough blow for our football team to lose a player of Jared's caliber, but we have players that are capable of stepping up and filling the void."
This is a huge blow for Nebraska as the defense is already struggling this year. Even though his stats haven't been great this year, his presence and leadership will be missed on the field. The Sports Illustrated cover curse has hit again.
Crick is currently 7th on the team in tackles this season with 22 total, 15 assisted and seven unassisted. He had only one sack this season, but will finish his Husker career eighth on the Nebraska career sacks list with 20. Crick recorded 3.5 tackles for loss this season, finishing with 35 career tackles for loss, and 167 total career tackles.
Crick had already had injury problems earlier in the season, missing the Wyoming game due to an injury suffered against the Washington Huskies. He had started 31 straight games previous to Wyoming.
Crick was a first-team All-Big 12 selection the past two seasons and was selected to 2011 pre-season watch lists for the Outland, Lombardi, Nagurski and Bednark awards for top defensive player.
Senior Terrence Moore and redshirt freshman Chase Rome are Crick's backups. Moore has played in all six games this season, starting two. He has three tackles on the season, along with three quarterback hurries. Chase Room has played in four games this season, totaling four tackles, one tackle for loss and a sack.
Not to worry Husker fans, someone will step up and a new star will emerge.