The Wisconsin Badgers have named junior quarterback Jack Coan as their week one starter against South Florida. Coan was the only Badgers QB that has significant playing time so the question wasn’t who Paul Chryst was going to select, but when he was going to announce Coan as the starter. In 2018, the Sayville, NY native played in five games. He completed just over 60 percent of his passes for 515 yards, five touchdowns, and three interceptions. It looks like Coan will be the permanent replacement for Alex Hornibrook. who transferred to Florida State. Coan started the last four games of last season for after Hornibrook suffered a concussion.
The Badgers went 3-1 with Coan as the starter last year, including a 35-3 Pinstripe Bowl victory over the Miami Hurricanes. His best game came against Purdue where he went 16-of-24, 160 yards, and two touchdowns. He’s a gamer that worked hard in both the Spring and Summer camps and obviously was the front-runner in becoming the next starting quarterback for the Badgers. Graham Mertz and Chase Wolf are listed as the co-backups. Last year’s No.3 guy, Danny Vanden Boom is still around and could push for the no.2 spot.
Wisconsin also will have their three top receivers from last season returning in A.J. Taylor, Danny Davis, and Jake Ferguson. The trio combined for 108 receptions and 12 touchdowns last season. Having those three guys back will make it easier for Coan as he already has developed a rhythm with them. Kendrick Pryor will also make a significant impact in certain situations. Quintez Cephus had a solid 2017 campaign and is eligible for this season. While the numbers may not be flashy, this is a capable receiving corps that can get the job done. Along with the returning passing options, the Badgers also return the 2018 Doak Walker Award winner in Jonathan Taylor. With 16 touchdowns and 2.194 yards on the ground last year, Taylor will open up the passing game for Coan. The Badgers are looking to improve upon their 8-5 record from last season, and they have the personnel to do just that.