Nebraska All-American defensive tackle Jared Crick's college football career is over. The Huskers announced on Wednesday that Crick, a senior, has a torn pectoral muscle that will keep him out for the rest of the season.
There's just no sugarcoating the loss of Jared Crick for Nebraska. It's a big blow for a Huskers defense that has struggled, writes Adam Rittenberg. Blog
Crick was a second-team All-American last year and a two-time first-team All-Big 12 honoree. He has been projected as a first-round NFL pick and ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. has him ranked him No. 18 overall on his most recent 2012 Big Board.
In a statement released by the school, coach Bo Pelini praised Crick as a team leader and "a young man who has represented this program in a first-class manner throughout his career." He noted Crick had decided to return to Nebraska to finish his senior season and earn his degree, rather than turn pro.
"I feel extremely bad for Jared," Pelini said. "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's numbers were a little down this season, and he missed the Wyoming game after suffering a head injury against Washington. He finished the season with 22 tackles and one sack in five games.
Crick had 9½ sacks in both 2009 and 2010 and ranks eighth on Nebraska's all-time sack list. He also recorded 35 career tackles for loss.
I know he was a prospect for the Texans to possibly be a NT. He's listed at 6'6 285, but could bulk up even more in the NFL. This ought to hurt his draft value and drop him to the bottom of the 1st, possibly into the 2nd.