Wisconsin Badgers Backup QB Out Indefinitely

The Wisconsin Badgers football team will be without backup quarterback Chase Wolf indefinitely.

Head Coach Paul Chryst said Monday that the senior suffered an injury last Friday in practice that will sideline him, though it’s unclear how long he’ll be out. A report said it was a knee injury.

Wolf, who has appeared in 10 career games and thrown two touchdowns and four interceptions on 25 career passing attempts, has served as UW’s backup quarterback for the last two season, but has seen some time when starter Graham Mertz went down with injuries.

Wolf engineered three scoring drives to help Wisconsin beat Minnesota in 2020 and saw extended playing time against Michigan in 2021. He has had his moments, but he’s also struggled to take care of the ball.

If Mertz were to miss time this Fall, there are three other quarterbacks on the roster. That includes redshirt freshman Deacon Hill, true freshman Myles Burkett and walk-on true freshman Marshall Howe.

Of those three, Hill would likely be the next man in. Hill is a 3-star recruit from Santa Barbara, California and listed at 6-foot-3 and 253 pounds. Hill has the strongest arm of any quarterback on the roster. He has impressed in practices that have been open with some of the throws he can make, but he’s also made some questionable decisions by throwing into coverage or missing a wide open receiver.

Hill’s first collegiate action could come this Saturday against Illinois State.

Out vs. Illinois State:

Tanor Bortolini, OL (leg)

Cam Large, TE (leg)

Spencer Lytle, ILB (leg)

Isaac Townsend, DE (leg)

Aaron Witt, OLB (leg)

Out For Season:

Travian Blaylock, S (leg)

Mike Jarvis, DE (leg)

Luna Larson, ILB (leg)

Observations:

With Tanor Bortolini out for Saturday’s game, Trey Wedig is listed as the No. 2 center behind Joe Tippmann on this week’s depth chart. The sophomore had been working mostly at right guard and right tackle during Fall Camp. Dylan Barrett, who had been the No. 2 center, is listed as the top backup at right guard to Michael Furtney.

Redshirt freshman Riley Mahlman won the starting right tackle job, beating out junior Logan Brown.

Isaac Townsend missed most of Fall Camp due to injury and will be sidelined against Illinois State, which allowed sophomore Cade McDonald to grab the backup job behind Rodas Johnson. McDonald had a really strong spring.

The battle at inside linebacker, which was won by Maema Njongmeta and Jordan Turner, beating out Jake Chaney and Tate Grass, respectively. However, you can expect to see all four play quite a bit this year.

Alexander Smith, who missed the entirety of camp with a hamstring injury, was not on the Week 1 injury report. He will get the start at one cornerback position, with UCLA transfer Jay Shaw on the other CB spot.

Kentucky transfer Cedrick Dort won the nickel back job ahead of fellow transfer Justin Clark. Clark did miss time in camp with a leg injury.

Vito Calvaruso, who missed a lot of Fall Camp with a leg injury, is listed as the starting kicker ahead of Nate Van Zelst.

Running back Isaac Guerendo is listed as the top kick returner, which I think is not a bad idea because he’s an intriguing option with his speed and athleticism, that’s assuming he can stay healthy.

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