Rafael Gaglianone will miss the remainder of the 2016 season after undergoing surgery on his injured back Thursday morning. Gaglianone missed the game against Michigan State after tweaking his back in practice last week.
While the news last week caught most fans by surprise, it was not the first time Gaglianone had missed time with a back injury as he had missed some spring practice in 2015 recovering from a similar injury. Early indications this week were that he was feeling better but as the week progressed he began to feel worse.
“Unfortunately this isn’t his first experience with something like this,” said Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst. “But we’ve seen that Raf is going to do everything he can to get back on the field as soon as he can.”
This is a big blow to the Badgers as Gaglianone had connected on 7-of-8 attempts before he got hurt including going 3-for-3 against LSU in the opener and the game winner from 47 yards out.
Andrew Endicott will now be the primary placekicker for the rest of the season. Endicott was 1-for-1 in his only attempt against Michigan State a week ago. During last week’s telecast the commentators had mentioned that coach Chryst said he really only felt comfortable kicking field goals with Endicott from about the 25 yard line and in. We will have to see if after a full week of practice for Endicott if Chryst feels more confident from father distance in a game where kicking could play a pivotal role.