MADISON (WKOW) -- The Badgers defense got a shot in the arm as Ethan Armstrong returned to practice this week. The senior linebacker had been out since the second day of camp with a knee injury and wasn't expected to return this soon.
"I definitely was ahead of schedule. I made a lot more progress than they expected."
Armstrong says he just suffered a minor knee injury. The coaching staff wanted to be cautious. So, he was forced to sit back and watch practice as a spectator for two weeks. Armstrong looked on as his replacement, sophomore Joe Schobert, impressed.
"Joe's been playing well. That was exciting for him, to see him play well. Coach Andersen has said he knows what I'm capable of and he wants me back healthy. He wants the player I was last year. So, he didn't want me to rush it."
Armstrong didn't rush it. Now, he claims he is fully healthy and will have plenty of time to prepare for the season opener Aug. 31 against Massachusetts. He is hoping to build off of a strong junior season. Armstrong started 14 games and registered 93 tackles.