MADISON (WKOW) -- The Badgers are short a starting linebacker right now. Ethan Armstrong suffered a minor leg injury during the first week of fall camp. He has missed two days of practice. The Badger coaching staff hopes Armstrong will be ready for the season opener.
The senior entered camp as the starting Field linebacker despite missing the spring season while recovering from shoulder surgery. Armstrong will have some catching up to do when he returns. However, defensive coordinator Dave Aranda is confident Armstrong will be mentally ready to play.
"We've got a lot of intelligent guys on defense, but I would put Ethan at the top of that list. When we started fall camp, he was on top of everybody's position. I can say when he comes back, and it's going to be sooner rather than later, he'll be ready to roll."
In the meantime, sophomore Joe Schobert has taken over the starting role. The walk-on from Waukesha West impressed the coaches in spring ball. Aranda says Schobert has carried that momentum in to the fall.
"When we get in to a pass rush situation and we're able to get Joe on an edge, he'll shine."
The Badgers open the season Aug. 31 against UMass. The first scrimmage is on Monday.
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