By Adam Roberts – 10/27/2020
Next man up is the mantra du jur for the Wisconsin Badgers, who are now dealing with a lack or resources at the quarterback position due to COVID-19.
Over the weekend, Graham Mertz tested positive for the virus, and now according to ESPN, backup QB Chase Wolf has also tested positive. While the results of both players PCR tests have still not been made public, it would appear that neither one will be available for this Saturday against Nebraska given the general vibe coming from the Badgers staff.
Head coach Paul Chryst has remained mum on the subject, saying at his Zoom conference yesterday he could not, and would not, comment on the team’s test results. However, he did offer his support for the Big Ten’s very strict COVID-19 protocols, which require the 21 days away and also say that any game not played due to the virus is a “no contest”.
“Admittedly, they told us it was more conservative, and if that helps one person, then that’s a good thing for us.” Chryst said yesterday afternoon. “We’ve known that there was a lot of work that went through this. For us to play, if that is something that’s in the best interest of everyone involved, then I completely support it.”
Vanden Boom’s in-game experience is about as minimal as possible; he last appeared on the field for Wisconsin in 2018, playing in three games and completing his lone pass attempt for a 3-yard score.
ESPN La Crosse 105.5 will have coverage from Lincoln, Nebraska this Sunday at 12:30pm. You can catch the game over the air, or right here at espnlacrosse.com!