Everyone around the Badgers program is ecstatic that linebacker Leo Chenal is back and frankly, why wouldn’t they be?

Chenal is one of the Badgers’ best players on defense and arguably the top linebacker on that unit. He had to miss the first 2 games of the season due to being in COVID protocol, but he’s been cleared to play starting this weekend against Notre Dame.

During Wisconsin’s media day, outside linebacker Nick Herbig, defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard, and head coach Paul Chryst all spoke about Chenal’s impending return and how great it’ll be to have him back.

Herbig even said that Chenal looked like a freak in practice last week.

Chenal had a great 2020 season for Wisconsin as he finished with 40 total tackles (28 solo) with 3 sacks, a forced fumble, and an interception. He can do it all as a linebacker and it’s crazy to think that the Badgers have only given up 23 points in 2 games without him.

His return couldn’t have come at a better time as the Badgers will play No. 12 Notre Dame on Saturday in Chicago at Noon ET.