Wisconsin announced Monday that Brevin Pritzl received a medical-hardship waiver from the NCAA, giving him four remaining years of eligibility after he played in just one game for the Badgers as a freshman last season.
Pritzl was a highly ranked recruit for Wisconsin last year, rated as a four-star prospect and the No. 79 recruit in the Class of 2015 by Rivals.
After suffering a broken foot last season, Pritzl will return in 2016-17 along with most of the Badgers’ roster, including all five starters from a season ago, making them one of the favorites to win the Big Ten title.
Michigan has already had to spend three games without star cornerback Jourdan Lewis this season, and now the Wolverines will be without cornerback Jeremy Clark for the remainder of the campaign.
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed to reporters Monday that Clark is done for the year with a torn ACL, an injury he suffered in this past weekend’s win over Penn State, having to be carted off the field.
Clark made 13 combined starts during the 2014 and 2015 seasons and started each of the first four games of this season. He came away with three interceptions a season ago. This year, he made 10 tackles and broke up three passes.
Harbaugh said there will be an attempt on Michigan’s part to get Clark another year of eligibility, but the NCAA will ultimately make that decision. By rule, a player needs to play in fewer than 30 percent of his team’s games to qualify for a medical hardship waiver.
The Wolverines will certainly miss their senior cornerback. Through four games, Michigan has been one of the country’s finest defenses, ranking 11th in total defense (269.8 yards per game), 12th in passing defense (147.3 yards per game) and 13th in scoring defense (13.8 points per game).