Nebraska senior Jared Crick passed up millions of dollars last season to return for his senior year at Nebraska.
Unlike former Husker defensive great Ndamukong Suh, it won't end up helping his draft status down the road.
In a released statement Wednesday by Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini, Crick is out for the rest of the year with a torn pectoral muscle. The senior's playing days at Nebraska are now over.
“I feel extremely bad for Jared. He is a young man who has represented this program in a first-class manner throughout his career," said Pelini in a statement. "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.”
Crick ends his career with 20 total sacks, good for eighth all-time in Nebraska school history.
The Cozad, Neb. product needed just 10.5 sacks coming into the season for first on the all-time list, but ended his season with only one.
"At the end of my career, it would be nice to go back and see that I have the sack record, but it's not like I'm not going for it,” Crick said in an 1-on-1 exclusive interview with Big Red Report shortly before the season. “It's just not my first priority. Individual accomplishments and goals are not priority number one for anyone on this squad.”
Expected to fill in for Crick will be senior Terrence Moore. On the season, he has three tackles and has recorded three sacks in his career.
Also contending for playing time will be sophomore Thaddus Randle and red-shirt freshman Chase Rome.
Crick was a first-team All-Big 12 honoree in 2009 and 2010. In 2010, he was also a Second-Team All-America by the Associated Press.
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