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University of Wisconsin defensive lineman Billy Hirschfeld will not return to the Badgers for his senior season, a UW official confirmed Thursday.

Hirschfeld took time away from the team in November for personal reasons. He posted a blog entry to Twitter last week that stated he's no longer playing football and has shifted his focus to becoming a journalist. He's still taking classes at UW.

Hirschfeld played in 25 career games, recording seven tackles, one for a loss, and one pass breakup. While he only played sparingly last season, he could have provided added depth after the Badgers also lost their top three defensive ends from 2017.


Jason Galloway is the Wisconsin Badgers football beat writer for the Wisconsin State Journal.