CHICAGO - When Travis Beckum announced during bowl-preparation practice that he would return for his senior season at Wisconsin, the then-junior proclaimed that he wanted to help lead Wisconsin to a conference title and that he still had a lot of room left to grow.
While the first part of that statement has since come and gone, Beckum's disappointing senior season suffered its last setback on Saturday.
Wisconsin’s All-American tight end Travis Beckum suffered a broken left fibula in the second half against Illinois and immediately had surgery Saturday night, effectively ending his career at Wisconsin.
“It’s very unfortunate whenever anyone’s season is ended because of an injury,” head coach Bret Bielema said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with Travis and his family as he begins his recovery. I visited him today in the hospital and his spirits are good. I know he will do everything it takes to get back to 100 percent.”
A report from Wisconsin athletic communications said that surgery went ‘very well.’
A first-team All-American last season and a finalist for the John Mackey Award, Beckum led the nation’s tight ends in receiving yards (982) and was second in the country with 75 receptions, a mark that tied UW’s single-season record. With his numbers improving every season, Beckum was projected to have a standout senior year.
After missing all of spring workouts recovering from off-season shoulder surgery, Beckum suffered a hamstring injury in fall camp and missed UW’s first two games of the season. He returned against Fresno State but re-injured himself and missed the first three quarters of the Michigan game.
Despite all his missed time, Beckum was Wisconsin’s second-leading receiver this season with 23 catches for 264 yards and zero touchdowns.
Beckum ends his Badger career as the most successful tight end in school history. Ranking third in school history in receptions (159) and yards (2,149), Beckum scored 11 touchdowns during his career.