A source confirmed to Badger Nation Thursday night that redshirt freshman tailback Vonte Jackson has suffered a knee injury, likely a torn ACL, and is unlikely to play this upcoming season.
The source was unsure of how exactly the injury happened or if the injury occurred to the same knee Jackson injured in fall 2011, but it's crushing news once again for Jackson.
A four-star recruit by Fox Sports Next coming out of Kenosha Bradford, Jackson missed almost all of his senior season after tearing his ACL with 16 seconds left in second quarter of first game. He still managed to rush for 160 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries in that game.
Enrolling early in 2012 to finish his rehab, Jackson tore his ACL right before the season as he was running down the field to cover a punt as a member of scout team, forcing him to redshirt.
The only silver lining is the Badgers aren't lacking depth at the tailback position. Senior James White enters 2013 as the nation's active rushing leader with 2,571 yards in his previous three years and sophomore Melvin Gordon showed high promise at the tail end of last season.
Wisconsin also has incoming true freshman Corey Clement, a four-star running back who rushed for 2,323 yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior.