The Wisconsin Badgers depth chart was supposed to feature senior wide receivers Jazz Peavy and George Rushing in 2017, but that never happened.
Now, just two weeks before the end of their final seasons in Madison, head coach Paul Chryst has announced that both Peavy and Rushing are not with the team anymore.
“Right now, for different reasons, (Peavy and Rushing) are not with the team right now,” Chryst said, via Madison.com. “There’s a lot going on in these guys’ lives. All that matters is they’re doing all right, and kind of decided for both to kind of help them navigate everything, to be able to take some time away from football.”
Rushing hasn’t seen action at all this season after injuring his leg in fall camp, while Peavy has been missing since last month. He was listed as injured (right leg) for much of the past month, but also was away from the team to deal with some personal issues.
Neither will participate in Saturday’s Senior Day festivities and both are not going to be with the team the rest of the year.
Rushing came in to this season having not redshirted, and that means he still has an extra year now that he won’t be playing at all in 2017. But, Chryst made it apparent that the likelihood of that happening is slim-to-none.
“This is his fourth year. He’s going to graduate this year,” Chryst said. “Haven’t had discussions with him (about returning next year).”
Rushing would finish his once-promising football career at Wisconsin with just 18 receptions for 208 yards. Peavy will finish his career racking up 68 receptions for 958 yards and 5 touchdowns. All five of those came last season, where Peavy had a career high 43 receptions and 653 yards as well.
However, Peavy went from breakout season to almost non-existent on the field when he was there for the Badgers this season. He had just five receptions for 55 yards in four games played in 2017, while also seeing sophomore Quintez Cephus and freshmen Danny Davis and Kendric Pryor emerge as quality options before and after his absence from the team.
We hope both get things right off the field, as life is far more important than what takes place on the football field. We send our best wishes and prayers to both in their struggles.