The shortened 2020 season was a frustrating one for redshirt sophomore quarterback Graham Mertz. After a freak ankle injury sidelined Jack Coan earlier last fall, Mertz dazzled in his first career start against Illinois in week one, a Friday night kickoff that had the eyes of the nation watching the young QB. The former four-star recruit connected on 20 of 21 passes for 248 yards and five touchdowns, leading then-No.14 Wisconsin to a blowout win over the Illini.
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It was no surprise when Wisconsin quarterback Jack Coan put his name in the transfer portal in the aftermath of the 2020 regular season. After a devastating leg injury in preseason, Coan had been surpassed in the depth chart by QB Graham Mertz, and it was only natural that he’d look elsewhere for playing time in 2021.
It isn’t quite the reward the Badgers must have imagined after their impressive 2-0 start, but Wisconsin (3-3) will play Wake Forest (4-4) in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl Wednesday, their 19th consecutive bowl appearance.
What happens when a stoppable force meets a moveable object?
The calendar has turned to December, and we still know shockingly little about the No. 16 Wisconsin Badgers (2-1). The team has played just three games, each one telling a vastly different narrative about the state of the program.
To say it’s been a rough couple of days for No. 18 Wisconsin (2-1) would be an understatement.
Coming into Friday night’s game against Michigan (1-3), there were a litany of questions surrounding the No. 10 Wisconsin (2-0) football program. Nobody knew about quarterback Graham Mertz’s status, who would miss the game due to COVID-19, or how the team would respond after missing two consecutive weeks of practice. Expectations were high, but some rust was certainly expected.
When No. 13 Wisconsin (1-0) fans highlighted this Saturday’s game against Michigan (1-2) on their calendar, they probably anticipated it would be among the teams most pivotal in the race to win the Big Ten West. And, while that remains the case, no one could have foreseen the circumstances leading up to the game for both teams.
Wisconsin’s future got a little brighter last Friday, as the Badgers received a commitment from three-star wide receiver Markus Allen in the Class of 2021. Allen, an Ohio product, decommitted from the University of Michigan two months ago. He chose Wisconsin over offers from Cincinnati and Virginia and was reportedly garnering plenty of interest from Big Ten counterparts Ohio State and Penn State as well.
Fans eagerly awaiting the return of Badger football were met with disappointing news on Tuesday, as Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez announced the upcoming football game against Purdue had been cancelled due to complications surrounding the team’s COVID-19 outbreak. Wisconsin currently has 27 active COVID-19 cases within its football program, 15 of whom are players.
Badgers fans were given some devastating news Sunday afternoon, as Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel confirmed that quarterback Graham Mertz tested positive for COVID-19.
The Graham Mertz hype train has left the station.
In a program that prioritizes experience, you rarely see a true freshman crack the opening week depth chart, let alone earn a starting spot. That’s why it was so surprising to see freshman outside linebacker Nick Herbig listed as a co-starter for the Badgers in the team’s depth chart for the upcoming game against Illinois.
How do you replace one of the best running backs of all time?
Disaster struck for the Wisconsin football program Saturday as starting quarterback Jack Coan injured his foot at practice, according to Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Coan’s injury will require surgery and will keep him out of action indefinitely.
When the Big Ten announced a postponement of fall sports on Aug. 11, it was hard to muster any kind of optimism for the prospects of a 2020 football season. But, seemingly against all odds, the conference announced today that a season will be played after all, with kickoff taking place on October 23 and 24.
Wisconsin has been recruiting at unprecedented levels as of late, but even the most optimistic of fans couldn’t have imagined a coup like this.
The Big Ten schedule reveal could not have gone better for the Wisconsin Badgers.
On July 9th, Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren announced that all Big Ten schools will play a conference-only football schedule in 2020. Many have speculated this is the first step to cancelling the upcoming season, but we’ll remain optimistic and assume the Badgers play their full conference slate for the purpose of this article.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and the Badgers have one team in particular to be thankful for as the holiday approaches: the Iowa Hawkeyes.