By Adam Roberts – 10/5/2020
A lot of people were clamoring for the day that Graham Mertz would be able to start under center for Wisconsin football. After the four-star recruit and number 1 prospect in the state of Kansas committed to the Badgers almost three years ago to the day, fans wondered how long it would be until Mertz would be throwing passes on Camp Randall.
It looks like it will be just over three years after his commitment date.
Over the weekend, anticipated starter Jack Coan suffered a foot injury during Badger practice. He is out indefinitely and will miss the 2020 season opener October 24th against Illinois. Mertz will be next in line at quarterback; he has the most experience from last season where he went 9-10 for 73 yards in the two games he played in 2019. Behind him, Chase Wolf only threw one time and Danny Vanden Boom didn’t play a down in 2019.
There were no coaches available to make a statement on the injury this weekend, but today head coach Paul Chryst confirmed to the media that with Coan down, Mertz is next in line to lead the offense.
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